Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lots and Lots of Chocolate!

by Meghann on December 16, 2009

Between cooking dinner and prepping my homemade treats, it has been an exhausting evening in my kitchen! And I feel like I still have so much left to do. No better time for a blogging break. ๐Ÿ™‚

I kicked off my ‘baking’ extravaganza with two recipes I found on MyRecipes.com for Peppermint-[Dark] Chocolate Slabs and White Chocolate – Peppermint Jumbles.

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The original recipe for the chocolate slabs called for white chocolate, but I thought dark chocolate sounded more appealing. ๐Ÿ™‚

The recipe was quite simple.

You start with two bag of chocolate chips.

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Microwave the chips for a minute, stir, and repeat again for 15 seconds until the chocolate is melted.

While the chocolate is melting get to work on crushing a couple dozen peppermint candies.

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Add the crushed peppermint and one teaspoon of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate.

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Spread the chocolate in a wax covered pan and refrigerate over night!

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Can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

Next up were the White Chocolate – Peppermint Jumbles!

This required ALOT of chocolate!

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The recipe actually called for slowly melting the chocolate on low in a crock put for an hour and a half. In the absence of actually own a crock pot I tried heating it slowly on the stove top instead.

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1.5 hours later

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Next: the mix-ins!

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This recipe made dozen upon dozens of little jumbles that are now all over my kitchen.

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They will set overnight and hopefully I can package them tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wooo! That took some work!

Luckily I had a granola bar before I left work that kept me satisfied and prevented me from snacking.

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Dinner was a no-brainer thanks to Angela’s recipe for Sweet Potato and Pear Soup I discovered the other day.

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Only instead of sweet potatoes I used the butternut squash that has been on my counter for a while now.

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All together

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The soup gave me a chance to use my new immersion blender.

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Vroom Vroom

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I topped my serving with a spoonful of granola and a tablespoon of peanuts.

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With a piece of pumpkin bread on the side.

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The pear gave the soup a very interesting taste. It was very sweet, but very good. I think next time I would add a little curry to it or maybe some nutmeg for a little spice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since none the fruits of my labor were ready for sampling after dinner, I had a view nibbles of the fruits of Melissa’s labor instead

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Yum!

Now if you will excuse me I have some clean up to do in the kitchen.

Good Night!

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