|These are the pretty ones, the coal, well it looks like coal.|
So I have not been in the baking mood, just not into it for some reason. I mean I really want to and I have all these great plans, but then I sit down and I want to stay on my butt for the rest of the day. It's how I roll. I need to be constantly doing something or else I sit and it is not easy to get me moving again. Ask Hubby, he is all over it now, but in the first few years he was probably plotting to kill me. Anyway I actually did something baking like on Saturday and it totally didn't turn out how I wanted. Which is total proof to me that if I sit down, I should stay that way.
It's just safer for everyone this way.
|This is just a big bowl of peppermint patty innards, is that kind of gross to say? Well it is, also it is reddish, I didn't want to use too much food colouring, just pretend it's red.|
But I tried and I failed, but I totally got something else out of it, so I actually won. I knew I was a winner!!!
So Saturday after work we took Pork Chop to see Wreck It Ralph, and it was adorable, I really enjoyed it and he was all over the video game aspect of it. So when we got home he wanted to play with his toys and I figured I better do something before I sat down again, and so I did. I wanted to make peppermint patties in a holiday style. What that really means I have no idea, I just knew they had to be festive.
|This cute little pan I had to have, I think I have used it once, so it's paid for itself really.|
Based on something I read on I am Baker
-2 small cans of sweetened condensed milk
-3 TBSP peppermint extract
-red food colouring paste
-icing sugar, as much as you want
Basically mix everything but the icing sugar together, then add the icing sugar until it is as thick as you like. If you like a runny mint ( you can pour them into chocolate coated molds) then add less sugar. I like them very dense so I add it until my poor mixer is about to burn out, and then I am good. Then you shape them and freeze them and dip them in whatever kind of chocolate you like. I also like to keep mine frozen, they taste better to me that way.
So I got to mixing up my patty filling, adding just enough red food paste to make it sort of red and then I got to work. I had two silicon pans I planned to use. My gingerbread one and a snowflake one. I will tell you right now, if you have not figured it out from the title, this didn't work. I spent all this time smooshing my filling into the pans and then I froze them and I waited a little longer to make sure they set. I did some normal puddles of peppermint and dipped those first. I put some festive sprinkles on them, because nothing screams holidays like snowflake sprinkles.
Then I got out the snow flakes and tried to pop out the shapes. And they cracked and part of them stayed in the mold and I was all. "Seriously! I got off the sofa for this!" So I just mushed the stuff together into lumpy ball shapes. Then I dipped them. I figured my gingerbread men would be better as they had frozen longer.
|So far so good right?|
|They remind me of the cream cheese wedding mints like this, I should have figured out that these would fair.|
Then I started to clean up a bit. And did you know that peppermint patty filling is like super glue? Well neither did I, but I did spend a good half hour trying to get it out of my pans. I finally gave up and left one for hubby to deal with. Then I went back and looked at my lumps of peppermint patty and then I said "self you are the smartest person ever!!!"
|If you look closely you may notice the one on the bottom sort of has a snow flake shape, sort of.|
Why you ask? Well I had invented peppermint patty coal. See right there, that is why I get of the sofa every now and then. I screw something up so badly it turns out to be the best thing ever.
And then I packed a bunch of the ones with the sprinkles up for my co workers, but I kept all the coal for myself. I am so bad, I deserve it.
|I should have stopped, but you know I was on a roll.|
But how great is that?! Imagine if you will, getting a little baggy or box of these, being told basically that you were such a horrible person that all you get is coal from Santa, but then you eat one and it's awesome.
I know, sometimes I don't know how I contain all my awesome.
|I was just pissed off at this point so this is the best picture of the coal you are going to get, sorry.|
Or my modesty, really how Hubby can handle it is beyond me. And after the last few weeks, I totally deserve an awesome mistake for once.
|These are the nice ones my coworkers got, I could eat these all day, if they didn't make my tummy turn into knots that is.|
Just don't expect this level of awesome again okay? That will save us all a lot of disappointment in the end.