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Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark
Yields 25
So festive, so pretty, and definitely so delicious! This is a classic holiday treat that is sure to impress your pickiest guest. Chocolate and white chocolate layered and flavored with a hint of mint, all topped with crushed peppermint candies.
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 2/3 cups chopped bittersweet chocolate (good quality)
  2. 2 cups chopped white chocolate (good quality)
  3. 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  4. 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy (candy canes work!)
Instructions
  1. Very gently melt the bittersweet chocolate. As always, when melting chocolate it is best to go low and slow. I usually keep about 5% of the chocolate out. When the chocolate is just about melted, take it out and add the 5% and keep stirring. It will continue to melt.
  2. Stir the 1 tsp extract into the chocolate.
  3. Pour onto lined (parchment or foil) USA pan half sheet pan. . You can spread as thin or thick as you like. If you have an offset spatula, it is so easy to spread! I find an 8"x12" oval is a good guideline.
  4. Now, let the chocolate sit. You can place in refrigerator. Keep a close eye on it. You want it to be just about set up, but not completely hard. This is important so the layers adhere together. You should be able to press the chocolate and have a little on your finger.
  5. Then, melt the white chocolate using the same method as the dark layer. Add 1/2 of the peppermint candy and stir.
  6. Spread evenly over the dark chocolate layer. Sprinkle the remaining peppermint candy on top.
  7. Allow to harden completely and then break into pieces.
Notes
  1. Makes a lovely addition to a cookie tray and a fantastic gift!
  2. ©Copyright USA Pan, 2017
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Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas Tree Brownies
Yields 16
Festive brownies for the Holiday Season. We have a taken a classic brownie recipe and added some Christmas Tree decoration.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 teaspoon expresso powder (optional)
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 tablespoon white vinegar (could also use cider vinegar)
  10. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  11. 1 cup cold water
  12. Green icing
  13. Red and Green Sprinkles
  14. Star shaped sprinkles
  15. 1 pack of candy canes
Instructions
  1. Whisk all dry ingredients together.
  2. Whisk wet ingredients (vanilla, vinegar, oil, water) together in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. 3. Pour batter into your USA pan 8 inch square pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 oven 30-35 minutes.
  5. Allow brownies to completely cool.
  6. Once cooled, cut brownies into triangles and add green icing and sprinkles. Once brownies are decorated add half a candy cane into the bottom of the brownies.
Notes
  1. ©Copyright USA Pan, 2017
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Christmas Chili Oil

Christmas Chili Oil
This uniquely spicy, smoky oil makes quite an impressive holiday gift for all your foodie friends and family. Just be sure to save some for yourself to brush on your own Christmas turkey or ham!
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 whole star anise whole star anise
  2. 2 cardamom pods cardamom pods
  3. 3 whole cloves whole cloves
  4. 10 peppercorns black peppercorns
  5. 5 berries allspice berries
  6. 1 Tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  7. 1 stick cinnamon stick
  8. 20 chiles red chile
  9. 4 cups (1 l) canola oil
Instructions
  1. Place star anise, cardamom seeds, cloves, peppercorns, allspice berries, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon stick, and chiles de árbol in a dry, non-stick pan over medium heat. Toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or just until the spices release an aroma.
  2. Place canola oil and toasted spices into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  3. Select Variable 1. Start the machine, slowly increase to its highest speed, and blend for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Pay close attention as the oil will heat rapidly to about 160°F (70°C). Let cool slightly.
  4. Carefully decant the oil into a sterilized glass bottle. There will be small flecks of spices in the oil. If you prefer no flecks, carefully strain oil through a filter or sieve first before filling the bottle. Seal and refrigerate.
Notes
  1. Yields 3 2/3 cups
  2. Notes
  3. For a fun flavor variation, after you’ve poured the oil in the bottle, add 1 peeled garlic clove, 1 herb sprig, and a pinch of salt.
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