Recipe by carol
"I never liked peppermint bark until I tried this recipe. The soft ganache center contrasts perfectly with the crunchy peppermints."
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white chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
peppermint candies, crushed, divided
dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
Great peppermint bark, I made EXACTLY per recipe. NEXT TIME I will do this: 1) Omit cream from chocolate, it makes it too soft and melts on hands too easily. 2) Melt ALL of the white chocolate at one time and spread on sheet, layer with 1/4 crushed candy 3) Spread all of the semisweet chocolate on top of chilled white chocolate, the semisweet chocolate has a strong flavor, so make the top layer of the semisweet chocolate thinner than the white chocolate ( I was temped to use equal parts chocolate just because I had the semisweet chips left). 4) Sprinkle with the rest of the crushed peppermint candy. Like I said, I tried the exact recipe and the semisweet chocolate didn't ever set up correctly.
I made this because it sounded s-o-o-o good. It tastes good-----BUT. When it came time to cut it the Dark Chocolate layer completely serperated from the bottom. In fact, the bottom white chocolate layer was left as an almost solid sheet. I was going to take this as a refreshment to a concerty of my wife's. I ended up munching on it at home (it was edible) and throwing the rest away.
Excellent recipe. I only gave it 4 starts since I modified it after reading another review. I omitted the cream. I used crushed candy canes (4) and folded them into the white chocolate. I didn't have any peppermint extract so I just drizzled plain melted dark chocolate over the white choc/candy cane mixture and then cut thru it with a knife - so it looked swirly & pretty. Then I topped it with the remaining crushed candy cane. Chilled it, then flipped it on the counter and cut it when it was room temp. It looks beautiful and is a hit on the holiday baking tray!
I got great reviews on my bark! I used about 1 lb of both milk and white chocolate for a 9x13 dish and also used peppermint oil vs extract. I crushed 12 candy canes and sifted the finer pieces out for the first layer and then topped everything off with the coarser pieces. Everyone loved it!
Fabulous! I accidentally put in way too much peppermint extract into the dark chocolate layer, but it tasted perfect. I did as others suggested and sifted the broken candy canes and added the "peppermint dust" to the white chocolate layer. I did the dark chocolate in a double boiler, but then just did the white chocolate in the microwave. Both came out great. I did dark on bottom, white, then sprinkled the peppermint in on the top. A lot of it fell out when I was breaking the bark, so next time I think I will either push it in harder or do as other recipes suggest and put the peppermint pieces on the bottom, pour white chocolate layer over, then dark chocolate layer on the top. (invert when ready to serve).
I made the recipe almost exactly as shown, though I used semi-sweet instead of dark chocolate, and used 24 oz of white and 12 oz semi-sweet (chocolate chips in 12 oz bags). I used the creme in the middle layer, and it was not too soft, as some reviews said, but a great contrast to the hard white chocolate on the top and bottom. I "chilled" each layer in the refrigerator so that the next layer could be spread over easily, and it has stayed hard, even after completely warming to room temp. I took this to a holiday party and got a lot of compliments and requests for the recipe.
I followed this recipe exactly, and it was wonderful! If you omit the cream, you will not get the ganache filling that makes it so awesome! I spread the white chocolate and made a little ridge around the edges of the pan, then cooled it. Then I put in the chocolate filling, and put it in the freezer until it was frozen. Then when I spread the last of the white chocolate on the top, the white edges seal together. Just don't spread it around too much or it will melt the chocolate and it won't look as nice. I cut mine with a large sharp chopping knife and it worked great. Thank you for this awesome recipe!
Make sure you use GOOD QUALITY chocolate (like Ghiradelli). Turned out delicious. I was a little nervous about the dark chocolate layer squishing out after reading the other reviews, but decided to go ahead with the recipe as is. I'm so glad I did!! The ganache does not squish out, not even at room temperature and the flavor and texture are amazing! I'm a huge fan of peppermint bark and this was a great recipe! I really liked it! Thanks for sharing!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Layered Peppermint Bark
Serving Size: 1/32 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 32
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 86
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