The holiday season is in full swing, and a tradition that our family has had ever since our kids started school is to give a small handmade gift to their teachers. While we always contribute to the class gift, I like to thank the teachers personally, even if it is only a small token. The kids help me out, and for a few evenings in the last week of school, we cook or bake together. This year we decided to make homemade Peppermint Patties, and I was thrilled with how they turned out. They looked great, and they were so yummy, more than a few may have been sampled, in the name of research, of course!!
Homemade Peppermint Patties
650g Icing (confectioner's) Sugar
50g unsalted butter
3 tbs evaporated milk or half and half
1/2 tsp peppermint oil (adjust to taste - you may need to double if using extract instead of oil)
500g dark chocolate melts
2 tbs coconut oil
1 pkt red and white mint candy canes, crushed
- Combine first 4 ingredients in Thermomix, speed 5 for 45 seconds; or in the bowl of a food processor, medium speed for 45 seconds.
- Scrape down sides of bowl, then in Thermomix use Interval for another 45 seconds; food processor, pulse for 45 seconds.
- Tip out of bowl, form into a ball, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
- Using a spoon (I used a small melon baller), take small bits of dough about the size of a marble and roll into a ball. Flatten into a disc (not too thin) with the bottom of a glass lined with a piece of baking paper. Place into freezer for at least an hour.
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together. I use a microwave to melt chocolate and this amount took 50 secs at 900W. You can also do it in a double boiler.
- Dip frozen mint discs into chocolate resting them between two forks, allowing excess chocolate to drain off.
- Place onto a SilPat lined baking tray, and sprinkle with a tiny amount of crushed candy canes before the chocolate sets.
- I only worked with about 10 at a time, letting the rest stay in the freezer until I was ready, since it was so hot here. If it is winter where you are, you probably don't need to do this!!
- The chocolate needs to be a thin, glossy liquid for the best results. As time goes by it starts to become thicker and "gluggy". Reheat it when this happens, for about 20 secs in the microwave.
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