Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Thirty years ago in the town of York, Pennsylvania, my dear wife was born. Fitting then I should choose to celebrate this milestone by making Peppermint Patties.

I found an amazing recipe on Elena's Pantry, which instantly appealed to me. It used only four ingredients and had no refined sugar.  I also knew it would go over well with Swati and her friends.

And the verdict? They were delicious and the hit of the party. I even had some leftover melted chocolate which I then used to dip strawberries, cherries and walnuts.  Yum!

Note though this recipe requires Peppermint Oil (and not extract!). Extract contains oil, which can ruin this recipe, causing the chocolate to break apart. Peppermint oil gives this dish a nice strong flavor and should be diluted with another oil (such as coconut) for consumption.

Makes 12 patties

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
1/2 to 1 cup dark chocolate chips, 73% cacao

In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave nectar and peppermint oil. Freeze mixture for about 10 minutes, until the mixture begins to harden. Use a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon to measure out balls on a parchment lined plate. Place in freezer until balls begin to firm up (another 5-10 minutes).

Meanwhile melt chocolate chips using a double boiler (I assembled a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water). Remove from heat.

Remove firm mint balls from freezer and flatten into patties using spoon. Quickly dip mint patties into melted chocolate using spoon. Cover patties completely with chocolate and place on parchment lined plate. Leave out for about 10 minutes until patties harden or return to freezer if making on a hot summer day.

See original recipe from Elena's Pantry

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