Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry & Bright

Merry blessings to you on this Winter Solstice day!

It's a busy one for me - today is Cameron's last day at school and I'm working away on making things very special for when he returns. 
On the Solstice we exchange handmade presents (so that our handmade efforts do not get overshadowed by shiny new things on Christmas day) and I we're both excited to show off what we've been making.
There are mince pies in the oven and this morning I made some extra special peppermint bark using a chocolate transfer sheet.

Chocolate transfer sheet


The transfer sheet has a design in chocolate already on it, you lay it out flat and spread melted chocolate over it, wait for it to cool and then peel back the sheet to reveal patterned chocolate - isn't that incredible!  You can cut it into shapes and do all kinds of fancy things with it and the sheets come in a variety of designs, not just Christmassy ones, either.

Peppermint bark with a twist - the result
(apologies for the dreadful photos, it's dark here this morning)

I used the chocolate transfer sheet for a base, spreading one layer of dark chocolate and leaving to set before adding white (waiting again) and then dark chocolate, covered with crushed peppermint candy canes. 

With my errands done and the school term coming to an end, I'm looking forward to easing myself into a relaxed, stress-free Christmas and catching up with my boy.  I'm giving myself the gift that I really need right now which is a bit of time off to potter around with no deadlines, schedules, lists or pressure.  I shall be back here sometime around the new year but until then I wish you a very merry and magical Christmas x

22 comments:

  1. I love the bark, looks fab and I'm sure Cameron will appreciate your efforts when he gets home :) Have a lovely Solstice and Christmas x

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  2. Oh I love the transfer sheet...never seen them before!
    Enjoy your break and your festivities xx

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  3. Have a wonderful Solstice and Christmas and look forward to following you in the new year. xx

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  4. I hope you both have a magical Christmas too Hannah, and a prosperous and happy new year :)
    x

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  5. I keep reading about peppermint bark what exactly is it as I've never heard of it?

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    1. It's chocolate, usually white and dark, melted and spread onto a sheet and then sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies.

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  6. Merry Christmas to you both! x

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  7. Merry Christmas!!!!! Warm wishes from Lithuania:)

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  8. The transfers came out really well, looks yummy.

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  9. Where do you get the transfer sheets, they look amazing! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas. happy new year :-)

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    1. Thank you! I got mine via ebay but you can get them from a lot of places by googling chocolate transfer sheets :o)

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  10. Now that Christmas Day is over and I can hibernate and plan I am compiling a long list of baking that I want to do and though not strictly baking - this looks like the kind of thing that would be perfect for a cold wet winter afternoon (like today for example) Have just googled chocolate transfer sheets - wow there are so many beautiful ones, I'm thinking crystallised ginger a spot of chilli and baroque gold....

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    1. That sounds wonderful! I'm really into ginger at the moment.

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