December's Recipe: Peppermint Bark and Ganache Hot Chocolate

  • Presented and prepared by Singley Academy students: Christian Carbajal, Uniasha Ocon, & Kennedy Fleming

    Download and print the directions here.

    Peppermint Bark

    Ingredients:

    30 crushed peppermint hard candies or 15 crushed candy canes, divided

    1 1/2 pounds semi-sweet chocolate chips

    1 1/2 pounds white chocolate chips

    1 teaspoon oil-based peppermint flavoring, or to taste

    Directions:

    • Spread 1/3 of the peppermint candy over a baking pan lined with wax or parchment paper.
    • Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, just until melted. Pour the melted chocolate over peppermint candy in the prepared pan. Sprinkle another 1/3 of the candy on top of the semi-sweet chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.
    • Melt the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Stir in the oil-based peppermint flavoring. Pour the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate, then spread the remaining 1/3 peppermint candy on top.
    • Refrigerate until the white chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into pieces to serve.

     

    Ganache Hot Chocolate with Fresh Whipped Cream

    Ganache Ingredients:

    9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

    1 cup heavy cream

    Directions:

    • Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. When the cream has come just to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.

     

    Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

    8 ounces whole or 2% milk, heated (In your favorite mug)

    1 tablespoon ganache, or to taste

    Directions:

    • Stir ingredients together
    • Top with fresh whipped cream and/or marshmallows, as desired, serve warm

     

    Fresh Whipped Cream Ingredients: (Quick Tip)

    1 cup heavy cream

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 tablespoon powdered sugar

    Directions:

    • In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form.
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