three layer peppermint bark
One of my favorite holiday treats has to be peppermint bark. Mmmm, I love white chocolate paired with crunchy cane cane pieces. I received a jar of crushed peppermint candy a while ago, which just made me one step closer to this delicious treat. Then I saw this recipe on orangette and just had to make it. Honestly, I didn’t think peppermint bark could get much better, but after reading the raves, I just had to try it.
This recipe takes considerably longer than my usual recipe, which just involves one layer of chocolate and a little crushing. With this one, you need to lay three layers and let each one cool before you put on the next. Luckily it was rainy and cold outside, so I didn’t mind so much. The first layer is creamy white chocolate topped with crushed peppermints. Next is a chocolate peppermint ganache sort of deal, then it’s covered with another layer of white chocolate and peppermints. So indulgent!
After letting each layer set, I brought it to the table to start cutting and tasting. As I started trimming the edges my layers started to come apart, which made me a little frustrated. I let the chocolate be for a little bit thinking it might just still be too cold from the freezer. In the end, about 1/3 of the pieces broke apart and the rest looked lovely and whole. But let’s talk about taste, because that’s what really matters, right? Oh yum! That extra layer of dark chocolate really takes it up a notch and keeps you coming back for more. It’s all sweet, but the flavors depths of the dark chocolate against the white play well together as does the peppermint pieces and the peppermint in the chocolate. Even if they did break apart, these were definitely worth the extra work.