Looking for a sweet treat to make as a hostess gift, Silent Santa surprise or special holiday goody to gift this year? Our new Culinary Clues around the World 2.0 is full of sweet recipes you can whip up, gift wrap and deliver to family, friends, co-workers, class mates, and neighbors this holiday season. Try your hand at these two from Masquerade on the Net.
Peppermint Bark from Russia
Candy canes or peppermint candies
2 pounds, white chocolate
Peppermint flavoring, if desired
Place candy canes or candies between sheets of waxed paper. Using a rolling pin, hammer or a heavy object, crush candy. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over low heat; stir in crushed candy. Pour mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cool in refrigerator for 20 minutes or so. Break “bark” into pieces as you would peanut brittle.
Enjoy this recipe from Culinary Clues Around the World: Recipes from the Sandra Troux Mystery series for delicious Russian tea:
RUSSIAN TEA is brewed in a unique manner. The iconic samovar is a large container for heating water. The tea itself is brewed in a small teapot that sits on top of the samovar and is warmed from below. This small teapot produces zavarka, a dark, extremely concentrated brew of tea. A considerable quantity of tea leaves is placed in this small pot along with boiling water and brewed for at least 5 minutes.
When someone wants a cup of tea, a small amount of zavarka is poured into a cup from the teapot and diluted to taste with boiling water from the spout of the samovar.
The type of tea used is important. Since English tea becomes quite bitter if left to stand for several hours, a blend of dark loose tea from India or a Chinese black tea, such as Keemun, coupled with a natural herbal or fruited tea is typical. Another favorite tea is Russi...