You can't grow up in Chicago without becoming obsessed with Frango mints. They're a simple combination of chocolate and mint ganache -- a pastry term for chocolate and cream mixed together -- but I didn't know that when I was a kid begging to go to Marshall Field's to watch them being made. The chocolate seems to preserve the mint leaf; it will stay green and fresh for two or three days.
Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand
Show: Sweet Dreams
Chocolate-Mint Tiddlywinks
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
20 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
20 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 20 fresh whole mint leaves, unblemished
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, tempered if possible

Directions

Special equipment: 2 sheets of acetate, the thicker the better, each about 18 by 24 inches (you can get this at an art supply store, or 2 pieces of parchment paper, or 2 nonstick baking mats; and a pastry bag (optional)

Lay a sheet of acetate or parchment or a nonstick baking mat (smooth-side up) on a work surface. Place the mint leaves on the sheet, face down, about 2 inches apart.

Melt the chocolate over a water bath. Use a spoon or pastry bag to cover each mint leaf with a teaspoon of melted chocolate. Working carefully, place another sheet of acetate or baking mat (smooth side down) over the first one. Gently press down directly on top of each leaf to spread the chocolate around the leaf, making a border about 1/4-inch wide all around (don't worry if they're not very neat). Let set at least 1 hour, until firm. Gently peel off the acetate. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serve on a platter with the mint leaf showing.

Equipment: 2 sheets of acetate, the thicker the better, each about 18 by 24 inches (you can get this at an art supply store, or 2 pieces of parchment paper, or 2 nonstick baking mats; and a pastry bag (optional)

Lay a sheet of acetate or parchment or a nonstick baking mat (smooth-side up) on a work surface. Place the mint leaves on the sheet, face down, about 2 inches apart.

Melt the chocolate over a water bath. Use a spoon or pastry bag to cover each mint leaf with a teaspoon of melted chocolate. Working carefully, place another sheet of acetate or baking mat (smooth side down) over the first one. Gently press down directly on top of each leaf to spread the chocolate around the leaf, making a border about 1/4-inch wide all around (don't worry if they're not very neat). Let set at least 1 hour, until firm. Gently peel off the acetate. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serve on a platter with the mint leaf showing.

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