Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4th Of July Peppermint Patties


With the 4th of July approaching I thought I'd share with you a cute candy idea,  perfect for the festivities, they can be altered in many ways - Home Made Peppermint Patties. I made them using different colors(Candy Cane for Christmas, for this coming holiday I used  Patriotic red - blue - white, but you can do red - green - white for Christmas; or red - pink - white for Valentine's day. Variations are endless.
You don't need to layer them like I did, you can just keep them simple but if you decide to complicate things a bit here is a HOW to:

4th of July Peppermint Patties
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (less than 1 pound), divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract / if you prefer more minty flavor, use more extract, I used mint extract and it worked well too, if you have peppermint oil, you can also use that, but be careful, oils may have stronger flavors/
  • 1  tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tbl butter
  • 10 ounces dipping chocolate wafers, such as Merckens
  • Beat 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening,butter and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer (with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer) at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners sugar until smooth.

  • Divide  filling dough into 3 equal parts, color one dough red,one blue and leave one white
  • Roll each dough individually between two pieces of parchment or wax paper.The layers should be fairly thin. You need to make sure that layers of each dough are similar in size. I found that it helps to roll each dough into  a "snake" shape of certain length and then just roll into a rectangle shape. Chill  rolled out layers for a little bit /5 minutes/ we are going to stack 3 layers on top of each other and then roll them into a log.
  • Once you have your layers  chilled we will assemble the  Peppermint Pattie log  

line your surface with a piece of wax paper dusted with powdered sugar
  • stack the  layers, peeling the first layer and placing it directly onto  surface lined  with dusted wax paper, layer white blue red on top of each other, peeling the parchment papers off
  • once you have all layers stacked, use a rolling pin and just very gently roll the pin using slight pressure just to even the dough out, this will also help with eliminating any air cavities between individual layers.If needed let the layers soften a little before the second the next step.
  • Now comes the tricky part, in order to roll 3 layers into a Peppermint log they have to be soft enough so they don't break in the process but not too soft or it is impossible to roll(I know I told you to chill them first, but that was for a another reason, so you could peel off the parchment paper). Let them soften a little bit, and roll 3 layers into one large log.Use the bottom wax paper to help you start, gently lift the wax paper to start with the rolling, if it looks like it is tearing a little just work your way until you have a one log, at the end it will come together, the dough is pretty soft, and any small tears you'll see can be easily smoothed out, once done   roll the log using  palms of your hands  to achieve the even thickness throughout  shape, but don't push too hard, just very gently, at this point dough will be soft.Wrap the log with parchment paper or wax paper/ plastic wrap works too and freeze until hard. 
  • When frozen, unwrap the Peppermint Pattie log and using a sharp knife cut the mint patties  into about less 1/4 inch thick, you might want to turn the log  slightly each time you cut 2 patties, to ensure similar shapes.
 

 
 


To illustrate the process I used images from Watermelon Peppermint Patties, same technique applies to 4th of July Patties

 
  • Freeze the patties until hard/very important/
  •  Melt the Chocolate wafers and dip each round into the chocolate, using a large dipping fork or a meat fork(works great), gently shake of the excess and place freshly coated patties onto the tray lines wit wax paper. Once you are done with all the patties, put the tray into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden the chocolate.
Store mint patties in a cool place in an airtight container, layered, wax paper between each layer.

I had these stored in airtight container in the fridge with no problems for about a month or so, bring to room temperature before serving.I can assure you these will melt in your mouth and you'll hardly have an issue with storing them, as they'll be gone before you know it.:-)

I made tri color patties several times here are few variations that I made.

2 comments:

  1. These are soo pretty!! I love how you colored the filling inside to the colors of 4th July! You are so creative! I will not even have thought of that!

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  2. Adorable!!! I will definitely have to try these!!!

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