Sunday, December 10, 2006

Recipe, but no picture

I hope to have a picture up tomorrow. But, I'll give you my recipe.Updated with a picture!

Peppermint Patties

1/2 medium baked potato or one small (out of shell, mashed up, no butter or salt or pepper added, roughly a little more than 2 Tbsps.)
2 cups powdered sugar(more, if needed. You could use up to a pound + a cup or so)
1.5 tsps peppermint extract
2 tbsp soymilk powder

Have a cookie sheet lined with wax paper at the ready. Make sure your baked potato is mashed up very well. I use a fork. Make sure there are no small lumps or anything. Add all ingredients together and mix well. If a stiff fondant has not formed, add additional powdered sugar by the 1/4 cup. The sugar amount can vary a bit. I am guessing that is because of the varying degrees of starchiness of the potatoes. When the fondant is workable(holding shape). Take about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time and form into balls. Place them on the cookie sheet and press them down into a patty shape. When all are formed, place in the freezer for a few minutes until firm. It doesn't actually take that long. I leave them about 15 minutes usually.

Chocolate coating
1 cup chopped dark chocolate**
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. shortening (earth balance stick shortening or spectrum is what I use)

Melt the chocolate with the shortening in a double boiler (or use a microwave method).

** If you don't have any dark chocolate, you can just use and additional cup of chocolate chips.

Remove patties from the freezer. Dip the patties in the chocolate and place back on the wax paper. When all are coated, place in the refridgerator until chocolate is set. I store these in layers, in a sealed container in the refridgerator.

*For the dipping, I take a wooden skewer, poke the patties onto the end of it and then dip and remove with a flick of the finger. If you can get the right method down, it works very well.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Hey Y'all!

Bah! I so meant to get the post up tonight. But, I didn't make my batch today because of birthday parties and sleep-overs and shopping and all this other crap that I had to get done today. The peppermint patties will be up tomorrow. I have to make another batch anyways because A) I need a picture of them and B) we ate the last batch already. Plus, the last batch was just made with chocolate chips, I am throwing in some dark chocolate this time. Tomorrow! I promise! Or ya'll can tar and feather me. Oh, speaking of Y' kids were paging through the channels and they heard Paula Dean say something like "vegetarians can go outside and eat some grass." What the heck is that all about Paula? That's not very nice!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Later this week...

I will be back later this week or at the latest Saturday, with pictures, possibly a test recipe pic and a pic of my peppermint patties (with the recipe, of course!) I just thought that I'd let you know there is more coming!