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White Chocolate Bark

Had a late night craving for some chocolate. Don’t you hate when that happens? Luckily, with a few ingredients from the pantry that needed to be used up, we were able to calm the craving and our sweet tooth. It’s probably the easiest thing to make too. We made two batches. One with slivered almonds and dried cranberries, and one with instant espresso and chocolate cookie wafers. Both were delicious!

What you’ll need:
•12 ounces white chocolate chips (I guess any brand would do. I don’t skimp on chocolate so I buy the good stuff)
•2 teaspoons vegetable oil (1 for each batch)
•2 tablespoons slivered almonds
•1/2 teaspoon dried cranberries (REB isn’t a fan of fruit in chocolate, so I only sprinkled this on top instead of stirring into the chocolate)
•4 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed up
•1 teaspoon instant espresso

Start by cooling a cookie sheet in the fridge (will help harden the chocolate faster)

In a double boiler, add half the chocolate chip and stir with a rubber spatula until it starts to melt. When it’s almost melted, add in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to help smooth the process. White chocolate melts at a higher temperature. Add in the slivered almonds and stir. Spread onto the cookie sheet and add some more slivered almonds and the dried cranberries on top.

Return the bowl to the double boiler and add in the rest of the chocolate chips. Once almost melted, add in the other teaspoon of vegetable oil to help it become smooth and melted. Add in the crushed chocolate wafers and instant espresso and stir.

Spread onto the other side of the cookie sheet. You can add the remainder of the chocolate wafers on top for some added texture.
You can really add what ever toppings you want in this though. I just happen to love dried fruit and nuts with white chocolate. The possibilities could be endless!

Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Then break it up into chunks and serve!

Love and Chocolate

Continuing from the last post about the romagical French Toast brunch, I concluded the evening by making chocolate covered strawberries for REB.

I love chocolate. I’m not a huge sweets person, but chocolate and fruit are an amazing combination (much like chocolate and peanut butter). I’ve used a lot of different chocolates when baking and making these chocolate covered strawberries. However, I’ve learned my lesson: you can’t skimp when it comes to chocolate. Use the best ingredients you can find! It makes a world of difference.

I used Ghiardelli milk and bittersweet chocolate to dip the strawberries.

These were freshly dipped in the bittersweet dark chocolate. The ones you see in the back there are the milk chocolate dipped ones. Both are delicious.

…But I didn’t stop there…oh no! Not me!

I went back and melted some white chocolate and drizzled them on some of the chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Did I mention I’m a chocolatier now? Because I can add that onto my already being a baker extraordinaire.

Now, I bought some Ghiaradelli white chocolate chips, but it clumped way too much and way too quickly. Blech! So I ended up buying a premium white chocolate bar, used some shortening and got the consistency I wanted in order to drizzle the berries.

We ended up adding shortening to the chips that had clumped up and they melted down pretty well. Well…well enough that we added some nuts to it and made white chocolate bark! Nom!

The end result! Aren’t they cute?? They turned out so well and I think the plate is just adorable! My friend B and I went into Urban Outfitters (a store I would normally never set foot in, except they were having an awesome sale) yesterday, and got some cute little plates for next to nothing!

I don’t make chocolate covered strawberries that often, if at all. But I thought today was a quasi-”important holiday” and I love my REB so much, so I pampered him with sweet treats all day long.

It worked.

Incidentally, the above picture was my 5/365  Project 365 picture for today. On Wednesday, at the close of week 1 for this project, I’ll post all 7 pictures I’ve taken this week and break it down.

Happy Valentines Day!