(OT) Lets have some fun with quick recipes during the holiday season.

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straydog
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   Posted 12/23/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think during the holiday season everyone likes getting new recipes to try out that are very easy and quick to make. I thought I would start this thread to see what we can draw from the members here for some new ideas. Below is a very quick & easy candy recipe that is a big hit with everyone and its so simple to make.

Peppermint Bark Candy

12 oz of Ghiradelli chocolate
24 Star Brite peppermint pieces

Count out your peppermints & put them in a thick freezer bag and crush them finely, you want to see powder and small pieces (I use my little meat tenderizer hammer for this job, lol)
set this aside.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl, I set my microwave at 70% for 25 seconds, this gets the chocolate melting pretty quick without scorching it. Continue microwaving the chocolate at 10 second intervals until its completely melted. Be sure to stir the chocolate each time you check it, it gets pretty hot and stirring it will also help the small pieces melt.

After the chocolate is completely melted and hot, pour the peppermint powder & pieces into a strainer over the bowl, stir the powder in well, this gives it the peppermint flavor.

Pour the hot mixture onto a waxed paper lined pan and spread thin. Take the small chunks of left over peppermints and lightly press into the chocolate. Let this set an hour or so and it sets up, break it into pieces and store in an air tight container. You do not have to refrigerate this.

I have made this with white & dark chocolate and both are yummy. I recently tried Lindt brand chocolate and I did not care for it, it had a grainy like consistency to it once it was melted. I went back to Ghiradelli brand and found it to be much better. I have used half white chocolate and half dark chocolate in one recipe and its great. I think its one of those recipes you can use whatever chocolate you like the best.


Enjoy!!!
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Post Edited (straydog) : 12/24/2011 9:58:34 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/23/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice one :-)

What about mini chocolate Chrismas Puddings? (A good one to get the kids helping with, if you have them!)

700g (24oz) fruitcake (or pudding - but fruitcake is so much cheaper)
250g (8.8oz) milk or dark chocolate, melted
Dash of brandy/sherry/cointreau if the kids aren't eating them (can use OJ if they are)
White chocolate
Red/green jelly sweets

Crumble pudding/cake into a bowl and stir in melted chocolate & liquid
Roll into small balls using moistened hands, put on a plate and chill
Drizzle over melted white chocolate and decorate with red & green sweets

Or quick microwave fudge?

1 x 400g (14oz) can sweetned condensed milk
100g (3.5oz) butter, chopped into cubes
250g (8.8oz) brown sugar - here it's about 1 1/4 cups firmly packed but I don't know if ou
1 tbsp (Australian tbsp - that's 4 tsp) golden syrup
120g (4.2oz) good quality chocolate - dark/milk/white (white will make a caramel fudge)

Place everything in a LARGE (I found this out the hard way!) microwave safe bowl, and microwave on medium for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until the mixture starts to boil. Put it back in the microwave for another 5-6 minutes or until it turns thick and golden. Stand for a few minutes to cool slightly, then stir in broken chocolate.

Pour into a pan lined with baking paper - stand and room temperature for 3 hours then allow to set in the fridge before cutting into bars.
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Post Edited (CRPSpatient) : 12/24/2011 10:50:09 AM (GMT-7)


justanotherday
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   Posted 12/24/2011 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
My sister in law just gave me this recipe the other day for 3 ingrediant chocolate fudge. Super easy and came out great.

Line an 8" or 9' pan with foil, wax paper or plastic wrap. I used butter on the pan and then placed the foil into it. It helped it stay down.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put the chocolate chips and condensed milk into a pain and melt on low heat. Keep stirring as it melts. It will start thickening when its melting. Once melted add vanilla.

Spoon mixture into lined pan and let cool for at least 2 hours. Once cooled grab the foil and lift out of pan. Cut into desired sizes.

straydog
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   Posted 12/24/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Laura, help, I do not understand your measurements used in your recipe. What does the g stand for, grams perhaps, I am use to cups and ounces. Let me know please if its grams you are speaking of.

Thanks
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   Posted 12/24/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Stray, yes it's grams :-)
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