Sometimes when hosting guests for dinner or a girls night, I find myself wracking my brain trying to come up with some yummy treats to snack on. That yummy goodness is Chocolate Barl. This is also a great little gift for family, friends or school teachers and something easy you can make with your kids too!
You're going to need a pot, a heat safe glass bowl that you can sit ontop of the pot, the chocolate and the toppings of your choice. For my bark, I'm keeping it simple and chose sliced almonds and sweetened shredded coconut. I got all of my ingredients in the bulk bins at Superstore.
To start, you'll have to fill up the pot with water placing the glass bowl on top, ensuring the bottom of the glass doesn't come into contact with the water. If it does, you'll have to pour some out. Make sure the bowl doesn't leave open gaps anywhere.
I didn't follow a specific recipe, but pour your milk chocolate chips into the bowl and continue to stir until it's fully melted. You will then pour the chocolate onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or some form of nonstick wrap. Spread out the chocolate, making it as thin or as thick as you desire.
Then it's as easy as sprinkling on a layer of almonds and then the shredded coconut ontop.
I placed the cookie sheet in the fridge for a couple hours to allow it to harden back up, making it easier to break or cut into pieces. All that's left to do is put it out on your table for people to take or wrap it up all pretty for a gift!
There are so many combinations of chocolate you can do and I'm going to list a few :
Peanut butter, crushed peanuts
Mix of milk and white chocolate, crushed oreo
Dried fruits and seeds
This can take you as little as 10 minutes to set it all out on the cookie sheet, a couple hours in the fridge. Even if you have no one coming over, it's still a yummy treat for your Friday night movie at home! What are some of the combo's of ingredients have you done with your chocolate bark? Let me know in the comments below!
Time to get into the spirit of the holiday season. For the first time since I moved out of my parents place, I get to have some of my family fly out to Saskatoon to spend the Christmas holiday with us.
With my boyfriend being Ukrainian, Christmas Day dinner includes perogies. So when my mother came to visit in early November we thought we would get a head start on the dinner and hand make our perogies from scratch and then stick them in the freezer till we need them. This cuts down many more hours in the kitchen on the day, we just need to stick them in a pot!
We got this recipe off of Allrecipes.com, my mum has used this same recipe for years.
- 6 cups of all purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- A pinch of salt
- 5 pounds of peeled potatoes
- 1 pound of cheese (we used cheddar, medium)
- onion salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- One egg mixed with water to act as an adhesive.
1. To start you will fill a large pot with water and a pinch of salt and bring to boil. Add the potatoes (cut into small cubes) and cook until tender.
2. Mix the Flour, Eggs and Salt together. Create a well in the middle and add a little bit of water to the middle of the mixture. Continue to mix the ingredients until it becomes stiff.
3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set aside to allow for it to rise.
4. In the meantime, drain your potatoes, return them to large pot and add the cheese, salt, pepper and onion salt. Continue to mix until the cheese has melted with the potatoes.
5. Roll out the dough on the counter top sprinkled with flour.
6. Taking either a circle cookie cutter or the open side of a drinking glass, begin making cuts.
7. Take the cut outs and place onto a large, flat cookie sheet and fill with the potato stuffing.
8. Take the egg and water mixture and go around the edge of the perogie and fold it in half, pinching closed all the edges.
9. Put the cookie sheet with the perogies into the freezer for a couple hours and once fully solid, transfer to a large ziploc.
10. When ready to cook, take them out and place in a pot of boiling water till tender, fry after if desired. Dress them with bacon bits, fried onions and sour cream.
Allow yourself a good 2 - 3 hours making these, depending on if you're making them alone or have some help! This recipe made around 60 perogies with the dough and enough of the filling to make double.
I'm looking forward to being able to finally eat these with everyone at Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!