My Winter Mint Cakes make an ideal gift for food lovers who enjoy Kendall Mint cake. This homemade version is dipped in chocolate and is finished with edible stars. Handmade gifts are always thoughtful and these are fairly simple to make with only 5 ingredients! Pop them in a clear bag and tie with ribbon or parcel rope. I think they are an especially good gift for men (husbands and grandads), who seem to enjoy these old fashioned treats most.
Americans called them peppermint patties, but that implies a softness that our hardy Kendall Mint cake would scoff at! They were originally developed as an energy boost to be taken on walks. I imagine these handmade chocolate coated ones would be fine in the pocket on a Winter’s stroll.
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My husband has always enjoyed a Kendall Mint Cake but rarely gets to have one. So, I made these for him – although nobody want a hyperactive husband getting under their feet. So, I suggest accompanying it with a nice long ‘to do list’ in the house and garden.
Of course if these are for Christmas, everyone is in the same hyper/sugar coma ride.
But it’s really not beyond me to write out a list of chores – roll the paper into a scroll and tie with a bow. I mean everything is more appealing with a bow, right?
They have only a few ingredients but it does take a little skill. By that, I mean you need to stir the sugar mixture for a good while and it needs to be kept at a simmer, not boil at all times.
Apart from that, you’ll need to melt the chocolate carefully.
Don’t worry – it’s not that difficult – I’ll walk you through it.
How to make Winter Mint Cakes
Ingredients for homemade Kendall mint cakes:
- 500g granulated sugar
- 150g whole milk
- 1tsp peppermint extract
- Place the sugar and milk in a saucepan and slowly bring it up to a mild simmer on medium heat.
- Keep stiring!
- Keep it at a level where it is barely simmering and stand there at the hob stiring until it evaporates into a thick mixture.
- When you think it’s ready drop a little bit on the side to cool and then if its pliable between the fingers turn off the heat.
- Add the peppermint extract and beat with a wooden spoon until it sets a little bit.
- Tip it into an oiled tin and leave to set fully.
- Once cold cut into squares.
Ingredients for decorating Winter Mint cakes
- 150g 70% chocolate
- A packet of edible stars
- Place some parchment paper on the side ready.
- Break up the dark chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl. Place it over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl).
- Take the chocolate off the heat when it is about 2/3 melted. The stir the rest until it melts within it’s own heat.
- Dip each mint cake piece into the chocolate (I find a teaspoon helps).
- Place onto the parchment paper and sprinkle straight away with a few edible stars.
Leave overnight to set, or place in the fridge for an hour or so.
Place in a clear confectionary bag and serve on Winter walks or wrap with a ribbon as a homemade gift. X
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