Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another recipe for all abilities & ages

Happy December,

As I mentioned in another post, every year I do a Holiday Skills Day with my students. It's been going now for 3 years and each year it gets better. I thought I would share one of our favorite recipes. I've had preschool age students through high school make this treat. It's fun to do and it has texture and yummy smells to make it a great sensory activity, too!

Here's a recipe for chocolate bark:
French Chocolate Bark
9 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips1 cup roasted cashews
1 cup dried apricots1/2 cup dried cranberries
(note: feel free to substitute any other toppings of your choice)

*We have used peppermint candies when making this at our activity. They have a great smell and the kids love to prepare them for cooking. Just take peppermint candies and put them in a bag. Use a hammer to mash them up into little pieces (what kid wouldn't love to do that?!)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave OR in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle. Sprinkle the nuts and cashews over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. A old porch may help speed up the process. Cut the park and serve at room temperature.

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