Luckily the sun was shining this past Saturday and I was able to tag along on a little beach escapade with a friend and her family. There are tide pools located just down the coast, about a 10 minute drive, and yet surprisingly I had never been there before.
It is always so much fun to experience little things such as holding star fish and poking at sea anemones through the eyes of a toddler. Running from waves and drawing faces in the sand may seem juvenile and dull but the excitement that a 3 year old conveys from these activities is simply stimulating.
Before you know it two hours had past and with wet pant legs and sandy feet we headed home exhausted from our adventures. Fortunately we did not leave empty handed, we had gathered treasures to remind us of our little expedition: seashells, pebbles and drift wood.
Once home, I was surprisingly in the holiday mood. Feeling cheerful and full with sea side inspiration, I pulled out my wood grain silicone mold – I had an idea. The drift wood we had collected was so beautiful and had such peaceful characteristics; so using the combination of the white chocolate and the dark chocolate, I attempted to mimic its beauty.
DARK CHOCOLATE BARK with Orange Zest
inspired by Martha Stewart
¼ Cup of Gourmet White Chocolate chips
2 Cups of Gourmet Dark Chocolate chips
1 Teaspoon of Orange Extract
1 Tablespoon of Orange Zest, fresh
Wood Grain Silicone Mold
Begin by heating the white chocolate chips in a double boiler until smooth. Spread the white chocolate onto an 8” by 12” food-safe wood grain silicone mat using a small offset spatula. Using the spatula, scrap off the excess chocolate until you are left with the thinnest possible layer left. Place the mat on a baking sheet and place in the fridge to harden, about 5 minutes.
While the white chocolate is hardening, melt the dark chocolate chips in a double boiler and add the orange extract. Once the chocolate has completely melted into a smooth texture, fold in the orange zest. Evenly spread the dark chocolate onto the white chocolate and chill in the refrigerator until it is completely harden; about an hour. Carefully peel away the mat and enjoy!