Thinking ahead to the big day, after dinner mints are a bit a tradition aren’t they – in the
UK at least. Usually these are a
toothpaste like minty fondant surrounded by a thin layer of dark chocolate – or
milk depending on which variety you opt for.
I decided to have a bash at making French macarons again recently and wondered what festive flavour I could concoct. I decided upon chocolate and peppermint with peppermint extract in the macarons themselves and a chocolate spread as the filling.
Now, if you have read my attempts at making French macarons before, they are my nemesis and they don’t always turn out like I had hoped. This occasion was no exception and it took a couple of goes. As I am still getting used to my oven even after all these months, it took a bit of experimenting to get the right temperature and setting.
I succeeded in the end however and had lovely minty meringuey cookies which I could spread some chocolate between, giving a beautiful, delicate chocolate mint macaron cookie. I used a shop bought chocolate spread, any would do, but the darker the chocolate the more complimentary to the mint.
These really would be the perfect way to round off a meal and a great alternative to regular after dinner mints.