Saturday, April 27, 2013

Candied Orange Peel and Pretzel Bark

We've had a unique Spring so far... unique, in that it's been "normal." Rainy, cool, gray at times... honestly, it's surprising to me, as I'm so used to it simply going from cold to hot.

This weather, however enjoyable to our garden plants, has kept us all inside a little more than what we're accustomed to this time of year. On one of these gray days, I found us trapped inside with rain pouring down, 11 oranges, and some antsy kiddos. My solution? Make some candy. Candy can cure almost anything, no? We started by candying the peels, then we moved on to incorporate other things we found in our pantry, and what resulted was truly amazing, let me tell you.

Candied Orange Peel and Pretzel Bark
Makes enough for two mothers and two grandmothers,
in case you may be looking for gifts for Mother's Day, wink wink

4-5 strips of candied orange peel, diced
~1 cup pretzels, crushed into pea-sized pieces
12 oz dark chocolate
12 oz almond bark (don't use white chocolate, it won't melt right)

Chop dark chocolate and almond bark (keep separate)

Place chopped chocolate and bark into double boilers (or heatproof bowls over sauce pans of simmering water).
Gently stir (with separate spatulas or wooden spoons) until melted.

Meanwhile, crush pretzels into pea-sized pieces and finely
chop candied orange peel.

When chocolate and bark are melted and pretzels and orange peel
have been broken/chopped, cover a rimmed baking sheet with
parchment paper, and spread dark chocolate about
1/4" thick. Sprinkle with orange peel and pretzels.

Top with melted almond bark. Spread to cover, swirling a bit for a marbled look. Allow to set, which for me was about
an hour on the counter top at room temp. Break into desired sized chunks, place in cute boxes, and gift (or consume)
as desired. Will freeze well if wrapped in wax paper.

Allow assistants to lick spatulas.

This stuff is sweet, crunchy, salty, and orangey without being overpoweringly orange. It's amazing.

Like, seriously, I can't stop eating it.


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