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Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

Marc J. Sievers

Whenever I travel I like to bring home food and entertaining inspiration from some of the world’s most extraordinary stores.  When I was in Berlin in early December, I was shopping in the candy department at KaDeWe (it is an entire floor!) and came across a beautiful bar of white chocolate with dehydrated strawberries.  I snapped a photo and continued on.  After getting over my jet-lag, I headed into my kitchen in Chicago and I recreated my version using white chocolate chips that are readily found in all grocery stores and freeze-dried strawberries from Trader Joe's.  After a few batches, the addition of vanilla bean seeds and French sea salt where the magic ingredients!  The vanilla added depth of flavor to the chocolate and the salt took it from a sweet treat to an elegant homemade candy - a truly winning combination!


Strawberry White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients (serves 8-10)

  • White Chocolate Chips – 20 ounces

  • Vanilla Bean Seeds – 1 teaspoon

  • Fleur de Sel – ¾ teaspoon

  • Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices – 1 ounce

Directions

  1. Using a pencil, draw a 9x11-inch rectangle on a piece of parchment paper. Turn the parchment paper over and place it onto a half sheet pan. Set aside.

  2. Add three quarters of the white chocolate chips to a heat-proof glass bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for exactly 30 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, stir the chocolate, return it to the microwave, and heat on high for another 30 seconds. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted.

  3. Once it is just melted, add the remaining chocolate chips and vanilla bean seeds and stir until it's completely smooth.

  4. Pour the warm melted chocolate onto the parchment paper and spread it lightly to fill the drawn rectangle on the prepared sheet of parchment.

  5. Next, while the chocolate is still warm, evenly sprinkle over the fleur de sel. Arrange the freeze dried strawberry slices to fill the entire chocolate surface.

  6. Allow to sit at room temperature for 3 hours to set. Break into pieces are serve.

Tip: In addition to the whole slices of strawberries, I also use the “strawberry dust” at the bottom of the bag.  It adds even more flavor to each bite of chocolate bark and also looks fabulous!  

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White Chocolate Truffles with Butterscotch Schnapps

Marc J. Sievers

Whenever I really want to make a great culinary impression on someone, I bring them my homemade chocolate truffles!  While truffles look (and taste) like they take days to make (who has time for that?!), they actually take under an hour to create, and use the simplest of ingredients.  The real difference in taste and texture is made with very good quality ingredients, especially the chocolate.

There are endless flavor combinations for truffles, but one of my favorites are White Chocolate Truffles with Candied Pecans.  The white chocolate has such a delicate vanilla flavor on its own and is enhanced with Butterscotch Schnapps—a light booziness that rolls around on your tongue with a rich delight.  The crunch of chopped candied pecans is what makes this particular truffle even more flavorful and delicious! 

The creamy white chocolate ganache with the sweet crunch of the chopped nuts is a perfect flavor and texture combination.  Very rarely does it get any better—or any easier—than this!  Don’t take my word for it, make them and taste for yourself! 


White Chocolate Truffles with Candied Pecans

Ingredients (makes 20-22 truffles)

  • White Chocolate – 8 ounces, rough chopped

  • Heavy Cream – 1 ½ tablespoons

  • Butterscotch Schnapps – 1 tablespoon

  • Sea Salt – ⅛ teaspoon

  • Vanilla – ¾ teaspoon, pure extract

  • Candied Pecans – ¾ cup, rough chopped

Directions

  1. Place a heat-proof bowl over barely simmering water. Add the heavy cream and chopped chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until completely smooth.

  2. Remove from the heat and add the salt, vanilla, and Schnapps. Stir until completely incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Scoop rounded Tablespoon-sized portions of chocolate and place each one onto the lined baking sheet.

  5. Gently roll each one into a ball and immediately roll through the chopped candied pecans.

  6. Place in the refrigerator to set. Serve at room temperature.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Marc J. Sievers

You can never have too many cookie recipes, right?!  I’ve never known anyone to turn down a freshly baked and hot from the oven cookie.  My White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are sweet, crunchy and even a bit luxurious.  They are jammed packed with whole macadamia nuts, lots of white chocolate chunks, golden raisins and cherries!  Once you try a bite, you’ll be saying “hello lover” to this scrumptiously sinful and downright decadent recipe!  Grab your apron, put milk (or champagne!) on ice and let’s get started!

These cookies are the perfect offering during a sunset cocktail party with a Côtes du Rhône or flute of crisp Champagne. Of course, they are equally as good with a tall glass of cold milk!


White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients (makes 22 cookies)

  • White Chocolate – 11.5 ounces, roughly chopped

  • Sugar – 1 cup, granulated (white)

  • Light Brown Sugar – 1 cup, packed

  • Flour – 2 cups, all-purpose

  • Cocoa Powder – ⅔ cups plus 1 tablespoon, unsweetened

  • Vanilla – 3 teaspoons, pure extract

  • Eggs – 2, extra-large, at room temperature

  • Butter – 2 sticks, unsalted, at room temperature

  • Sea Salt – 1¼ teaspoons

  • Baking Soda – 1 teaspoon

  • Dried Cherries – ¾ cup

  • Golden Raisins – ¾ cup

  • Macadamia Nuts – 1 cup, unsalted, whole

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Next, add the vanilla, then eggs one at a time, allowing each to fully incorporate.

  4. Sift the dry ingredients together.

  5. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

  6. With a large wooden spoon, gently fold in the chocolate, raisins, cherries and nuts until evenly distributed.

  7. Using a 2¼ inch metal scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Note: (only 6 cookies with fit per tray)

  8. With wet finger tips, slightly flatten the dough.

  9. Bake for 17 - 19 minutes, rotating once half way through.

  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat steps until all dough has been baked.

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