Happy 2017. Let me tell you, 2016 was really not that bad in its entirety as so many have been saying the past few weeks. Yes, some controversial events took place, but personally last year took this fantastic 180° turn for me, and I feel like myself again after a long hiatus. "New year, new me" as they say! One of our dear family friends once told me that you must be grateful go those who are good to you, and that is a piece of advice I will always hold close to me throughout my life. 2017 is already looking like it is going to be a wonderful time, so I will enjoy each day to the fullest, as I have a tremendous amount of tomorrows. Onward to this lovely frangipane.
One of my current roommates has been so fascinated with PBS's The Great British Bake-Off with Mary Berry, so I decided to jump on board and watch some of the masterclasses. Essentially, Mary and Paul bake various traditional British goodies in which I discovered what an apricot frangipane tart was. I decided to tackle the tart by switching it to one that had pears and was dairy-free. It was a challenge but was a hit. I've never made pastry dough or poached pears in my entire life, so that was a new little bump in the road to tackle. Long story short, here it is.
Christmas Eve is here! I can't believe how fast these few months have gone by, but I can say that I feel like a changed human. Thanks to certain events, I created this food blog! Out of the darkness, the food blog light shone its beauteous face and has been one of my favorite things to curate. While I haven't been on top of my game recently due to the fact that I still have a life outside of the Interweb, I still come back to share the cooking and baking love. Anyways, a lot of other really great opportunities, friends, experiences and whatnot came around in the past four months, which I am so grateful for. Ultimately, what better to celebrate the season of giving than with PEPPERMINT BARK. I figure it's not New Year's Eve yet — we have a week until then — so I really cut that short to limit the sap and feelings because, let me tell you, I have a lot packed away.
So because I am absolutely addicted to peppermint bark, specifically that of Williams-Sonoma, I have been intentionally forgetting my wallet every time I walk into the store to avoid the purchase. However, the store samples are the gifts that keep on giving, so I figured I would actually try and make it myself. There I was, chocolate chips in one hand and candy canes in the other, walking out of the grocery store feeling empowered to #barkon. You might think that peppermint bark would take eons to make, but it actually goes by extremely fast, especially because of the microwave...shout out to Percy Spencer. Look that one up, kids.
Anywho, if you are in a rush today and need to make quick little gift for a neighbor, friend, family member or that random woman who keeps circling your driveway, here it is!
Bringing a little slice of California to the Northeast with a "put an egg on it" kind of mentality.