The other day, I went to the shops and picked up saw some peppermint extract (very exotic!). I had no idea what I'd do with it but decided to get it anyway.
I had no recipe so turned to the internet and found one for Peppermint Creams.
If you fancy making some that look a bit like these, continue reading....
You will need:
1 egg white
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 and 1/2 tsp of peppermint flavouring
400g Icing sugar
50g dark chocolate to decorate
What to do:
1) Whisk the egg white in a large mixing bowl until stiff peaks form as you lift the whisk out of the bowl.
2) Add the lemon juice and peppermint flavouring and whisk slowly.
3) Add icing sugar and whisk until a thick paste forms (I added it 50g at a time so that I didn't get covered when I turned the whisk on).
I found the paste to be quite hard to mix after I'd added about 300g of icing sugar so stirred it in first then finished it off with the whisk from that point.
5)Cut out shapes with a cutter of your choice up to 5cm in size.
6) Chill in the fridge for 1 - 2 hours until they set.
1) Melt the chocolate in bowl over a saucepan of boiling water - don't let the dish touch the water!
2) Decorate the peppermint creams with chocolate and put back in the fridge to set.
I drizzled chocolate over some and half dipped some - you could fully cover them if you have more chocolate!
And taa-dah.....you final peppermint creams may look a little bit like this....
The original recipe says it makes between 15 and 20! I got a lot more than that but I think these are the perfect size....the more the better!
They are sooo yummy and very moreish...I think I'll have one everytime I pass the fridge!
Hope you like them :)
To make mine I tweaked this recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/peppermint_creams_00124
I'll definitely go back to BBC Food for more recipes, there was such a great variety and it was really easy to find what I was looking for.