Peppermint Bark (WFMW)
1 package 12 peppermint candy canes, normal 7"ish size, NOT the baby ones.
2 lbs white chocolate
2 lbs bittersweet chocolate
peppermint oil (get the best quality you can... Trader Joes or King Arthur Baking are both good sources)
parchment paper or silpat mat
baking sheet with sides
Before you melt the chocolate, unwrap the candy canes, but in about 3 or 4 layers of thick ziploc bags (freezer bags work great) and then hammer the heck out of them. It's fun for the kids. You want the pieces to be broken up to about 1/4" pieces, some smaller, some a bit bigger, but nothing huge.
Then melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Once it is fully melted, place parchment or silpat on the bottom of the baking sheet, then spread the white chocolate around evenly. It won't fill up the pan, but you want it to be about 1/4" thick all around. Put on your porch to cool if you live in a cool climate, or in the fridge if you're not. It will take about 1/2 hour to harden up to the point where you can spread the next layer over it. You DO NOT want it to be totally hardened.
Next, melt the bittersweet chocolate. When it is all melted, add peppermint flavoring to taste. Some people like just a teeny bit, some like it really minty. I find that about 1/2 teaspoon is enough to really make it minty, but not overpower the chocolate flavor.
Spread the dark chocolate over the white chocolate, trying to follow the same lines so that you don't have much overlap. Once the chocolate is spread evenly, sprinkle the peppermint pieces all over the top of the bark, and press them into the chocolate. You'll have to press down with a bit of force to make sure the pieces stick in there.
Again, out on the back porch to harden. This time you want to make sure that everything is totally cooled down and hardened. Once that's ensured, break up the bark into pieces and package in those nice expensive cellophane bags Martha Stewart sells in Michaels. Decorate, and then pass out as gifts for teachers, mailmen, and the pizza delivery guy. Stumble It! JBlog Me