by Elly at http://ellysaysopa.vox.com
Layered Peppermint Bark
Peppermint bark is one of those things that most people like and it's so easy to make. Everyone has their own way to make it, and here's mine--a basic 2 layer version.
If you like things mintier, add a splash of mint extract to the white chocolate layer. Peppermint Bark
- 1 lb. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate (I use a combination), coarsely chopped
- 1 lb. white chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 6 oz. crushed peppermints or candy canes
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
In a double boiler (or, in my kitchen, a large bowl over a not-as-large pot with an inch or so of just simmering water), heat the chocolate until it's melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate onto the baking sheet and spread the mixture evenly with a spatula or offset spreader. Let the chocolate set, on the counter or in the fridge, until it's firm.
Melt the white chocolate in the double boiler. Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the firm bittersweet chocolate layer. Spread evenly, and then sprinkle with the crushed peppermints (if you want, mix the peppermints in with the white chocolate instead). Set the bark in the fridge and break into pieces when cooled and firm.