Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Sweets

Peppermint Patties

Servings 48
1 can Condensed Milk
3/4 tsp Peppermint Oil or [1 Tbl Extract]
6 cups Icing Sugar Sifted 
Dark Chocolate Melts

Cover 2 large cooking trays with baking paper & dust with icing sugar, set aside.
In a large bowl mix the milk & peppermint with a wooden spoon [do not use metal]
Mix in 1 cup at a time of icing sugar, by the time you get to 4 cups you will no longer be able to use the spoon, so put on some food grade gloves & mix the rest by hand. you may need more sugar just keep adding it till you get a stuff consistency & is no longer sticky. 
Now roll into 1/2 walnut size balls & place on your trays. Roll a few, then flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in icing sugar.
Do not do too many before flattening as they start to dry out & will crack too much. Now cover with a fly net & leave to dry for about 6 hours then turn them over & leave over night. Using a pastry brush, brush off the icing sugar & set them aside. They will keep like this in a container for a few days. Melt chocolate over a double boiler. Cover your trays with foil. Dip each patty in chocolate & pick up using a fork & tap off excess chocolate. I use a skewer to slide the patty onto the foil tray to harden.
These are a very strong peppermint flavour when you use the oil. 
I also made a second lot using Orange Extract, they taste like Jaffas.
Once hardened package as you like & store in the cupboard. They will last a good few weeks if you can resist eating them all.

Dried over night & ready to coat

Dipped in dark chocolate

Wrapped in small pieces of foil

All ready to give

If anyone makes these id love to hear about it :o)


Country Wife said...

Those look amazing! I think I'll try to make some, but it'll be after the holidays. It's always a good time for chocolate! :)

Allana said...

Oh YUM!! Peppermint patties are my all time favourite sweet treat, thanks for the recipe - will have to try it :)