New Year’s #Blog Hop: My Baking Disaster + #giveaway


At each stop along the way we’ll give away copies of our books along with other goodies. We’ll share recipes, too, at a different blog every day. To be eligible, leave a comment at each blog you visit. A new winner will be chosen daily at each author’s site. At the end of the hop, one extra-lucky person will receive the Grand Prize.

Grand Prize: One lucky person will receive an ebook/print book from all 10 authors. Grand Prize to be announced on Jan. 12th.

Today I’m talking about my baking disaster that I had over the holidays. Every year, I like to bake and give away goodies to family members. This year was no exception. I made four kinds of cookies, a pound cake, an apple pie and what was supposed to be peppermint bark.

I have this wonderful recipe that is SUPER easy to make. But I was low on white chocolate. So off to the store I went. I couldn’t find the Ghirardelli baking squares like I already had. Instead, I bought white chocolate chips. I figured that would be easier to melt than the baking squares anyway. But I needed 12 oz and the bag was only 11 oz. They also had peppermint bark baking squares and I thought I’d give that a try.

That weekend, I went to make the bark. The chips melted beautifully. When I added the peppermint bark baking squares–which had regular chocolate on the backside–it turned the melted chocolate from a lovely winter white to, um, well…poop colored. I decided to go with it anyway.

My other problem was I didn’t have any parchment paper. I used wax paper instead. I poured out the melted chocolate that looked like poop and sprinkled on the crushed peppermints. It looked awful. I let is sit overnight but it never hardened like it was supposed to. So I had a soft gooey mess on my hands. I threw the entire batch in the trash, sadly. My sister suggested I should put it in bags and call it Snowman Poop. LOL I may have done that if I hadn’t tossed it all already. Plus it didn’t break like bark should.

So here’s your tip: Don’t use wax paper! And don’t use anything other than white chocolate. Trust me on this. đŸ˜‰

Here is my recipe for white chocolate peppermint bark:

Melt 12 ounces finely chopped white chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in 1 tablespoon melted shortening and 4 ounces chopped white chocolate until smooth. Spread on parchment paper-lined baked sheet and sprinkle with 1 cup chopped peppermint candies. Let harden; break into pieces.

So tell me: do you have any baking disasters you want to share? Today I’m giving away one of my Coffee House books, winner’s choice, to a commenter.

And tomorrow hop on over to see Karilyn Bentley’s blog post for more fun and games!

By Michelle

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