Chocolate Almond Bark
Yay, we are now firmly in my favorite days of the year – the holiday baking season! At no other time of the year is it perfectly acceptable to bake dozens of various combinations of sugar, flour, and butter into heaping piles of cookies, cakes, and muffins, etc. In addition to the baking, I love to make chocolate candy. Dipping various things into melted chocolate is both easy and fun, like having your very own chocolate fondue party! This year we made chocolate-covered pretzels, Ritz crackers dipped in a combination of chocolate and peppermint extract, and this chocolate-almond bark. It is a bit unconventional, but I like the subtle savoriness produced by roasting the almonds in a little Worcestershire sauce, smoked sea salt, and cayenne pepper.