Today I'd like to talk about experimentation and making assumptions.
Because apparently, I have a major problem with both.
Apparently, I think I'm the Baking Queen of the Universe.
And that everything that develops in my pretty little head is sure to emerge from the oven to the sound of an angel's chorus.
And apparently, I assumed I knew enough baking basics to be able to double up a batch of brownies by simply adjusting the temperature and time.
Apparently, I was wrong.
1) The obligatory "ingredients" shot
2) The artsy "look at my cool photo skills" shot of crushed candy cane pieces
3) The anticipatory "pre-oven" shot
4) The "I'm-such-a-dork-for-taking-all-of-these-photos-and-seriously-having-no-reservations-about-
Needless to say, they did not turn out.
Unless, you consider a rock hard burned "crust" layer, an overly browned "cream" layer, and a goopey, soupy center, a delectable treat.
That'd be like that Gilmore Girls episode where Luke brings Lorelai a batch of brownies that he accidentally dumped triple the amount of cocoa in because he knew only she possessed such a superhuman chocolate tolerance...that, and he wanted her to let his punk nephew study with her angelic daughter...oh, ya, and he was secretly in love with her.
Ya, just like that.
Only not at all.
I'm just obsessed with the Gilmore Girls.
And with Peppermint Bark.
So obsessed that when my original idea failed, I switched to the tried and true.
Simple. Easy. Plain ole'. Peppermint Bark.
And ate half the sheet by myself. In two days.Simple Peppermint Bark
adapted from Savory Sweet Life
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
3 Candy Canes, crushed
Makes one small 7x11 pan (Double the recipe for a 9x13)
Parchment or wax paper for lining the pan
Approx. 40 Minutes Chill Time
well between heatings. You want them to be just melted, not boiling hot.
2) Add 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract, stir well.
3) Line pan with parchment paper and spread chocolate evenly into the bottom.
*Tip: You can spray a spatula with Cooking Spray to keep the chocolate from sticking.
Note: I did not line my pan with parchment paper. I paid the price. Assumption #348: "I can make
simple peppermint bark without thoroughly reading through the recipe." Getting peppermint
bark out of a greased-only pan has a 76% success rate. Get parchment paper, wax paper, I don't
care! Line. that. sucker.
4) Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
5) In a ziploc bag, crush candy canes into very small pieces. A meat tenderizer works well.
6) Heat 1 cup of white chocolate chips in the same manner as before and spread on top of the slightly
hardened chocolate layer. Spread quickly as the bottom layer will begin melting and mixing.
7) Sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces across the top and lightly press down to make sure they get in
the chocolate. Do this quickly. You'd be surprised how soon some areas harden because the pan
8) Place pan in the freezer until completely set. At least 30 minutes.
9) Once set, take the parchment paper out of the pan and peel off of the bark. Break into pieces using a
Because before you can build a fire, you learn to light a match.
And before you make boxed brownies you...
Blame it on the hah hah hah hah hah holidays?