Almond bark is one of the easiest and most appreciated holiday treats... and by easy, I mean super easy.
First, I start with Ghirardelli dark chocolate or white chocolate melting wafers....
I set up a "simmer" system on my tiniest burner, the itsiest bitsiest burner I have on my stove... at the lowest possible heat.... and I set a 3 quart saucepan with about an inch-and-a-half of water in it... Just enough to steam the bottom of the bowl I'm going to set on top.
Grab a Pyrex or glass bowl. Set it over the pan. Make sure the bowl comes to the edge of the pan, we don't want steam getting into the chocolate. Water and melting chocolate FIGHT.
No fighting at Christmas!!!!
Throw a whole bunch of melting wafers into the bowl... Okay, I can get more scientific, but really, with this, it's not a big deal....
Melt the wafers in the bowl over the water. Stir now and then.
Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
Add more wafers and stir them into melted wafers in bowl...
Add dry roasted almonds.... I like a lot of almonds-to-chocolate ratio, so I add a lot.
Spread over aluminum foil until desired thickness... I like single layer nuts so I spread it thinly... Cool.
When hard, break into pieces.
Repeat with White Chocolate melting chips.
Like every single step... repeat. Repeat. Repeat... ;)
And then you have two big trays of chocolate and white chocolate salty deliciousness to share with family and friends.
Friends will love you.
Family might cut you some slack when they want to talk about someone. #freepass!!!
Break into pieces and it's ready to serve!
This looks really nice if you serve foil-wrapped candies in the middle of a candy dish, with bark on either side...
We have snow here! At last winter has come to the Great Lakes and the donkeys are kind of stoic... the little one, "Tom" is not amused... the hens are SCARED TO DEATH and don't want to come out to eat!
And it's so much prettier now than covered with gray trees, brown dirt, gray branches, gray roads, gray skies....
Oh, yes! Give me snow!
Boots and mittens have earned their day!
We're on the 12 day countdown here, and we're actually having our big family Christmas on the 23rd... Early!!!
And we never do that, so this is an adventure for us. Both Manhattan boys/men are coming home and have to leave on Christmas, so we're jumping the gun and it will be so much fun to have almost the whole family here. Our North Carolina branch won't be here, but we'll be missing them from afar... and raising a mug to their health.
And for all of you.... a Very Merry Christmas!!!
Ruth Logan Herne loves God, her family, dogs, chocolate, miniature donkeys, coffee and little kids. And big kids, too! Find her on facebook.... or follow her on Twitter and Amazon and Bookbub! That makes her editors very happy!
You can find her on her pumpkin farm in WNY where she curls up in the dark of night, writing sweet stories and baking really good cookies. Any time of year!