‘Tis the season for treats and sweets

I’m happy to say that Hannah has taken after me in her love for baking. How fun it has been to discuss recipes for yummy treats with each other and share what we’ve found. She has a Pinterest account and has come up with so many more delectable ideas than me (who uses a boring old, so last millennium cookbook). But that’s OK. I know my weaknesses. My kryptonite may as well be the internet (Curse you, Al Gore, and your ingenious invention!), and I realize that it can be quite the time sapper already. I must resist Pinterest.

On the other hand, anything that she finds on there and shares with me, I’m more than happy to check out. Is that dipping my toe in the pool to test the waters? I don’t know.

In any case, Hannah’s Challenge class has been the happy recipient of her baking experiments, as she and another classmate have taken turns this year and part of last year bringing treats for the group. We have all watched wistfully as she prepares something tasty almost every other week…for someone else! It is rare that she prepares extra or brings any leftovers home, but it’s probably for the best. We all know we need more sweets like we need a hole in the head…or the tooth!

Her latest attempt, homemade peppermint patties, took a few steps, but are overall quite easy to make. They are not a super-quick recipe only because they require freezing between each step, but in the end the recipe is not overly labor intensive. Although I cannot vouch for the end result’s taste (see above comment about not making extras), the appearance is quite beautiful! Here they are:

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So, without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff: the recipe. Just how can you make these bad boys–er, dainty delicacies for your family, friends, or next Christmas gathering?

Peppermint Patties

2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

8 ounces 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup peppermint candies, crushed

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 2 1/4 cups of confectioners sugar together with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract and vegetable shortening until just combined. The mixture will be very crumbly. Dust a work surface with remaining 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Empty contents of bowl onto work surface and knead until smooth Be prepared for this to take a few minutes. Hannah also found she had to add a bit more powdered sugar to make it “shapeable.” It didn’t seem to affect the end product adversely, though, so I think it was OK. Shape dough into a log, about 2 inches by 8 inches long. Wrap tightly in parchment paper and freeze until very firm, about 20 minutes, or overnight if you’re going to a Christmas festival in Wilmore, but you’re on top of your game and have planned ahead, as my daughter had.

Remove dough and slice into rounds using a sharp knife. Place rounds onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze again until firm, for at least 15 minutes.

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While dough is chilling, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. Cool slightly. Chocolate should be warm but not so hot that you cannot put your finger into it.

Cover another baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove patties from freezer one at a time and submerge into melted chocolate (Hannah used a fork with good success. It still made a big mess on the counter…and the floor, but there wasn’t an observable better way. Counters and floors clean, too). Coat quickly and allow excess chocolate to drip off. It was important to take one out at time because they really started to get soft very quickly.

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Place on parchment paper lined pan and sprinkle with crushed candies. Repeat, covering all patties with chocolate and candy.

 

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(Isn’t she cute? Such a hard worker for sure!)

Let patties stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour. Store in fridge, between wax paper in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Chloe peeking over the edge to check out her big sissy’s handiwork.

I’m anxious to hear the reviews that she received from her class when she gets home later this afternoon. Happy candy making!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Patti
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:24:29

    They were yummy!

    Reply

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