February Kosher Connection Link Up : Purim Goodies!

I have a special fondness for Purim. It has nothing to do with hamataschen, or groggers, or even the general color and sounds of the day. I love that I spend the entire day either cooking or giving out mishloach manot. We celebrate by having two seudot, one at about 11am and then another around 4pm. It is a busy, busy day that doesn’t stop – and it’s wonderful.  This month’s Kosher Connection Link Up is Purim Goodies, or treats you might put in a shaloach manot. I recently made (in the spirit of attempting to clean out my kitchen pantry) these recipes for chocolate bark. The white chocolate (use dairy chocolate – it’s totally worth the expense) has dried cranberries that have been rehydrated with Disaronno, with chopped almonds. The dark chocolate had peanutbutter candy filling (peanutbutter, confectioner sugar and light corn syrup) and pretzels with seasme seeds.

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  1. I love white chocolate with dried cranberries! And you just can’t go wrong with chocolate and crunchy peanut butter from the candy. I want to make this recipe just for myself!

  2. i love the idea of hydrating the dried fruit in liqueur before incorporating it into the bark!! i’m going to try that trick.

    • sarahklinkowitz says:

      This trick was taught to me when I was in cooking school – if you put dried fruit into candy or bark, the texture is quite unpleasant (very chewy and tough) By rehydrating it, it incorporates with the chocolate much better. It adds time and expense, but it is completely worth it for the boost in flavor and texture.

  3. I’ve never heard of two seudas on Purim, but it sure sounds exciting. 🙂 What’s the reason?

    • sarahklinkowitz says:

      So according to halacha, you are required to have one seuda on Purim day. I asked the Gerrer Dayan here in America (my posek) and he said that we have two (and I have heard of other Hasidic groups also doing this) to be m’hiddur the simcha and Yom Tov that is Purim. Hope this helps!

  4. My husband adores bark, so I try lots of different recipes. This would be his favorite mishloach manot.

  5. i love chocolate bark! love the liqueur soaked twist!

  6. I thought about making chocolate/fruit bark for a shalach manot as well. I love anything with dark chocolate. Yours looks so good!

  7. Great combination! The chocolate crumbs are so inviting too.

  8. Love the addition of alcohol! Your chocolate bark looks delish!

  9. Such a lovely combination! Excellent purim treats!

  10. I love the idea of soaking the fruit! I tend not to like dried fruit in barks because of the chewiness, so this sounds like the perfect solution!

  11. The bark sounds incredible – love the addition of the Disaronno in the white chocolate one!

  12. 2 Seudot, wow that is crazy. We did a brunch this year and I do like that time of day for a festive meal. We added some coffee liqueur to our coffees, yum.

  13. I always spent my half an hour to read this blog’s articles every day along with a cup of coffee.

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