I am not a person who gets in a bad mood easily. Sure, I get flustered or annoyed, but not a genuine bad mood. But one thing that will put me in a bad mood, quickly: baking mishaps.
Some days it is just not my day in my kitchen; freaking box brownies turn out dry or burnt. Those days make me feel like a complete loser! I had one of those nights on Friday. My original plan was NOT to make toffee cream cheese pound cakes for Mother’s day. My original plan was to make triple layer cake pops. I saw those and fell in love with them. But I didn’t read ALL of the directions. Note to self, read directions don’t just look at pictures and think, “I got this.”
Needless to say, mine attempt at triple layer cake pops sucked so I stopped even trying to make them work. But now I had 1 lb of white chocolate melted, ready for something. Quick, quick quick. What the heck do I do.
Bark. Almond bark.
Ahhhh, phew, that was a close call on wasting perfectly good white chocolate. And that is how you revive a baking disaster! And I especially love when my baking disasters turns into an amazing creation. I would make this bark over and over. It was easy and super delicious. It is also a great treat to make for gifts. Break it up and put it in cute little bags with a cute bow and there you have it, homemade treats that took almost no effort.
1 lb white chocolate
4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 cup almonds, whole (I used raw, but roasted and salted would be fine too)
1/4 lb semi sweet chocolate
Melt the white chocolate and 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a double boiler. Once it has melted stir in the almonds and pour it onto the baking sheet with parchment paper. Put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden.
While it is chilling, make melt the semi sweet chocolate and remaining 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Drizzle this over the chilled white chocolate and almonds. Put it in the fridge for around 15 minutes to harden.
Once it is completely hard, cut the bark into pieces.
* I use a knife to cut lengthwise, and then I use my hands to break the pieces. I like the ‘rustic’ look that breaking it gives. But you can cut all of your pieces for a ‘cleaner’ look.
Break up tiny pieces and put them in muffins or mini muffin cups to serve at a potluck for dessert. My husband works at a church, I go to lots of potlucks. I feel like everything I make needs to be able to turned into a potluck dish, somehow.