Today was one of those days in the kitchen. You know what I’m talking about….those days where everything you attempt seems to go to heck in a handbag. It started at about 7:30am and after 4 failed desserts/pastries, I finally had to throw in the towel at about 1:00pm. I won’t get into the details of every misadventure but it was bad. Really bad.
Yes, I was the epitome of a Hot Mess.
But then I took a look at my nieces who I had promised a full day of baking to and decided to put on my big girl panties and get back into the kitchen. Their Cô Nam (auntie) is no quitter!
Since I was nursing a little bruised spirit, I opted for a sweet treat that required no “baking” and few ingredients. Hey—I was trying to increase my odds for success to end the day off in a good note.
Luckily, The Galley Gourmet recently posted a recipe for “Peppermint Crisps” and they looked delectable. A few hours later and HALLELUJAH–we did it! A bright treat after a tumultuous morning.
These little guys are perfect for a “late afternoon pick-me-up” or as a small goodie to end off a meal. Wonderfully minty with the delicious finish of chocolate. Pair it with a hot cup of tea or glass of dry red wine and you’ll be a happy camper.
PHEW!!! Victory at last!
Life lesson of the day….Humility is best served alongside a piece of chocolate
Note: A tin full of these minty bites would make a wonderful gift for the holidays!
From The Galley Gourmet
Makes about 2 dozen 1 1/2-inch crisps
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Water
1½ Teaspoons Peppermint Extract, divided
4 Ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped
4 Ounces Milk Chocolate, chopped
¼ Cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Over medium heat dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook without stirring until the mixture turns a light caramel color, about 7-9 minutes. Halfway through wipe the sides of the pan down with a damp pastry brush to remove and crystallization. Remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Swirl the pan to distribute the extract.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and set aside for 15 minutes or until completely hardened and cooled. Break the hardened peppermint sugar into shards and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse to break up the large pieces, then process until it resembles fine sand.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the chocolates in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir. If not melted, return to the microwave and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir and repeat if necessary until the chocolate is completely melted. Once melted, stir in the coconut, remaining peppermint extract and the processed peppermint sugar. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate into a 10×8-inch rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Holding the parchment to the baking sheet, gently rap the baking sheet on the counter to even the surface. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate, about 1 hour.
Remove from the refrigerator and let rest for 5 minutes. Gently transfer the parchment to a cutting surface. Using a 1 1/2-inch circle cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can. Reserve the scraps for nibbling or fold into your favorite ice cream. Store in an airtight container in a cool location or in the refrigerator for a cool peppermint taste. Enjoy!