Thursday, 11 December 2014

Peppermint Creams - Blogmas 2014 Day 11

Hey Guys!

Meg here, and it's time for the second instalment of festive treats! This time it's a take on the old classic!

Peppermint Creams!

This timeless recipe makes for a PERFECT treat come evening, curled up in front of the fire watching the endless stream of cheesy Christmas films! There are a few more ingredients in this recipe, but I can guarantee it is worth the extra effort!

Equipment You Will Need!

A large mixing bowl 
A sieve 
A wooden spoon (or equivalent)
A rolling pin
A small cookie cutter
A baking tray (lined with baking parchment)
A tea towel
A small pan
A heatproof bowl (that sits on top of the pan)
A piping bag

Ingredients!

400g icing-sugar
100g dried cranberries
5 drops peppermint extract
A few drops of green food colouring (optional)
30g dark chocolate
4 tbsp evaporated milk

Method!

1. Sift the icing-sugar into your mixing bowl, add the evaporated milk, peppermint essence and food colouring (if using). Combine these into a soft dough, then, on a surface dusted with icing-sugar, roll out the dough until it is roughly  1/2cm thick.
2. Using your cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible (you will need to repeat the rolling out process more than once!). Place these on your lined baking tray and cover with a tea towel, leaving to harden overnight.


3. In the morning, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (be sure to not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl as this will result in clumpy chocolate!).
4. Now this is where you have a choice, you can either drizzle the chocolate over the peppermint creams using a piping bag, or you can dip half of each one into the melted chocolate and leave to harden.
5. Allow to harden. Then, they are ready to go!


As with the Festive Fudge, all you need to turn these into cute gifts are: cellophane bags, some festive ribbon, a label, and a pen!


Place the peppermint creams into each cellophane bag, and seal like the fudge!

Festive Tip! To make these treats extra festive, try using Christmas cutters!!


Thanks Meg! If you enjoyed reading this post all about one of my all time favourite sweet treats then be sure to give it a like, comment, +1 etc. Or if you have a message you'd like to pass on to Meg then you can get in touch with me through any of the links listed here.

Love you all!

T

xxx