Christmas like many holidays is a time to indulge in fabulous food and sweet treats. Given we put up our tree a few days earlier than usual and Christmas songs have been playing on CHFI radio since the start of November I felt obliged to start some festive foodie activity in the kitchen!
2019 was our first Christmas here in Canada and I was so disappointed in the mince pies I bought from our supermarket…gosh I missed M&S and Tesco’s Finest! This year I asked my mum for her shortcrust pastry recipe and went to four stores to find some mincemeat…it was worth the effort though as this afternoon the kitchen was smelling of freshly baked mince pies and next year I intend to make my own mincemeat.
If you ‘like’ Tanoshimi on Facebook you may have noticed I have recently been experimenting with essential oils in the kitchen. Feeling festive with the smell of mince pies it seemed like a great time to try a peppermint bark recipe a doTERRA friend shared…I fear Little Miss will be bouncing off the walls with all of these sweet treats in the house!
If you want to try making some here is the recipe:
2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
6-8 drops DoTERRA peppermint oil
1/2 candy cane
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave or over a double boiler. Prepare waxed paper on a baking sheet. Once melted remove from the heat, add the peppermint essential oil. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the waxed paper and spread evenly. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and crushed candy cane over the chocolate. Place in the fridge to harden. Once hardened, snap bark into pieces and bag up to share and enjoy.
If you are interested in finding out more about DoTERRA essential oils check out my friend’s recommendation. You could use peppermint essence too but you won’t be getting the same health benefits… I like to think the use of essential oils in the kitchen means I can feel less guilty about over indulging this year 😉
I hope wherever you are in the world you are staying safe and well, ensure you make some time to treat yourself and others to some festive treats….we can start the health kick in the New Year!