strawberry fields forever
B and I have slowly started exploring our new 'hood, starting, of course, with food. While we'd been to downtown Greer for dinner once or twice before, we hadn't really looked too closely. So we decided to start with the Greer Farmer's Market.
While you can certainly get vegetables and fruit there, vendors also sell everything from soaps to pimiento cheese to bark. Really good bark. Really, really good bark. We wound up taking home a box each of s'mores bark and strawberries and cream. While the s'mores (my choice) was good, it was the strawberry that blew us away. We knew we had to learn to make this.
Luckily, it's extremely similar to the "Heath bar bark" recipe that B's mom gave us, with a few tweaks. Basically, instead of saltine crackers on the bottom, she uses graham crackers. And, of course, instead of chocolate chips on top, we used white chocolate chips and freeze-dried strawberries (available at Trader Joe's).
I have to say, the end result was pretty amazing, although we think it needs more white chocolate to make it a little thicker. Once you get started, the possibilities are kind of endless. I suggested butterscotch chips and dried apple slices for fall...stay tuned for a few months to see if that actually happens...
E & B
strawberries and cream bark
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
graham crackers (enough to cover whatever size sheet pan you're using)
white chocolate chips (11 ounces wasn't enough for us, but you can be the judge of your own bark)
1 package freeze-dried strawberries
Preheat oven to 350
Arrange graham crackers in a single layer, tightly packed, on a foil-lined cookie sheet (trust me - do not do this without the foil)
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Once butter is melted, add sugar and bring to a boil.
Boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
Pour butter and sugar mixture over graham crackers, making sure to coat evenly
Bake for 15 minutes
Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
Wait until they start to melt a little, then use a spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer.
Top with the freeze-dried strawberries.
Refrigerate (or keep in a very cool place) for a little while to allow it to set.
Are y'all out of your collective minds?
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