Dec 19, 2010

Bark and Bite


This is what the weather looked like outside on Saturday.....




...wintry, Christmassy and white; so I filled my day with colorful baking.  Making five kinds of chocolate bark.






First was Four Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bark (with crunchy peanut better of course!)






And if that wasn't terrible enough, we have Cookies and Cream Bark.






Next I wanted something more festive looking, so created Christmas Sprinkle Bark, it has such a great texture when you bite into it....not that I would know....





For my next number I did not have an orange on hand and the weather was so bad I didn't want to go back out in it. Thankfully we have great neighbours who gave us an orange or I would have had to use a lemon and it just wouldn't have been the same.  Here we have Cranberry, Pecan and Orange Bark.






My finale creation is an ode to all those, like me, who crave savoury more then sweet or a medley of the two, we have Toffee and Rock Salt Bark.  Yum!  And if you haven't tried salt with chocolate, wow it's something amazing and I recommend you do!!!



So there you have some inspiration or possibly just temptation, either way enjoy!




Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
~Peg Bracken





Basic Bark Recipe

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Allowing for paper to hang over the edges.
Coarsely chop your chocolate.
Gather any add ins you may need.

Fill a small pot with about an inch or so of water.
Make a double boiler by placing a heat proof bowl over the pot.
Place chopped chocolate pieces into bowl.
Heat water to hot but not boiling.
Stir chocolate frequently until melted.

Once melter pour onto prepared pan.
Spread out with spatula or palette spatula until about 1/8 to 1/4 inch think.
Add toppings.
Swirl (if desired) with skewer, butter knife, sewing needle or any other such too.
Allow to set in fridge for approximately one hour.

Break or cut into pieces.
ENJOY!


NOTE-For the peanut butter one I melted three types of chocolate together first, then poured onto the pan and spread.  I then melted milk chocolate with the peanut butter to add on top and swirled with the reverse end of a dessert spoon.




5 comments:

  1. Wow you've been busy. That cookies and cream bark looked so yummy. Looks like perfect weather to stay and get stuff like that done:)

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  2. Oh my lands! Those look almost too pretty to eat! ;) Key word being ALMOST. Enjoy some for me!

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  3. Salt on Chocolate? Uhmmm... I'll have to remember that one. thanks for the fun, tasty and tempting ideas.

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  4. Yummm!!! Thanks for posting RECIPES Kaitlin!! :D Ah, don't you love that snowy look out the window... this is really a special time of year!

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  5. Gotta love that Christmas music, but I was psyched for hearing John Denver:( Oh well. Your pictures look yummy. You could bring some over this week instead of me going to all the trouble of making it! <3

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