I just had E snooping over at my laptop screen, and he noticed that I abbreviated the ‘French Fridays’ into our shorthand FFwD for this post’s title.
“FFwD… its Freaky Friday!”
And then it hit me. It WAS Freaky Friday with Doristas!
All through December, the wonderful members of French Fridays with Dorie have been exchanging holiday cards as we have for the last three years. This new tradition is one of my holiday highlights. It brightened my evenings from the moment I stopped by the mailbox. More often than not I would open the cards in the car, relishing the sweet messages and recipes. During those first two occasions, several of our friends had sent over recipes as part of their cards. This year, our organizing team of Alice, Candy, and Christy asked us all to share simple cookie or cocktail recipes for the holidays. I sent out a recipe for tembleque, the traditional Puerto Rican coconut pudding served during Christmas. I can’t wait to see who tackled it. (Yay, Alice!)
It was difficult to pick a recipe at first, but the minute Betsy’s card arrived, I was googly eyes deep in love with her recipe, almond toffee bark. One of my favorite candy bars is the Skor bar – a buttery toffee bar speckled with the smallest almond bits and covered with milk chocolate. Betsy’s almond toffee bark screamed homemade Skor bar to me. It was the perfect treat to cap our Christmas dinner with: Mama and Alejandra, my sister, turned me on to the delicious candy bars. The larger almond slices were sure to please my father. And my brother enjoys most things with chocolate. Score! All we needed was a little ice cream on the side to round out dessert.
For the different substitutions/alternate steps I made to accommodate my kitchen conditions, please refer to the recipe notes.
I hope all Doristas enjoyed a great start to the holiday season. Here’s wishing you a great New Year full of health, happiness and great food. Cheers to our new adventures in 2015!
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where home cooks and bloggers from all over the world work their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. Want to see who made which recipes? Head over here!