March 15, 2010

Peppermint Slice

This slice is one of my favourites. I was a bit unsure how good it would be the first time I made it but it turned out fabulously and it is one I will be making again and again (much to the disappointment of my sister, who is not a peppermint fan, and prefers good old choc chip cookies)

If you like peppermint and milk chocolate, you will almost definitely like this. Though if you prefer dark chocolate, you could substitute the milk chocolate for that.

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Prep time 40 min, plus 20 min setting time.
Cooking time 15 min.

Ingredients
125 g butter, chopped
100g milk chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
extra 200g milk chocolate, chopped (for the topping)

Peppermint filling:
60g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp peppermint essence
Green food colouring (optional)

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a slice tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Put butter, chocolate and sugar in a microwave safe jug and microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir. If the chocolate is mostly melted, keep stirring the mixture until it melts completely, the heat from the surrounding mixture should melt it (if you have to put it back in the microwave, put it in for only 10 seconds, then stir, again, if it is mostly melted, stir until it is completely melted. You shouldn't need to put it in again, but if you do, make sure you only do 10 seconds at a time, as it is very easy to burn chocolate). Alternatively you can melt it all together over low heat on the stove.
  3. Stand melted mixture (removed from heat) for about 3 minutes.
  4. Then add eggs and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  5. Sift flour and baking powder over mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake for 15 min.

To make peppermint filling:
  1. Beat butter until light and pale.
  2. Add icing sugar, milk, peppermint essence and a couple of drops of food colouring. Beat until combined and colour is even.
  3. Spread peppermint filling over cold chocolate base.
  4. Set aside for 20 min or so to set (I put mine in the fridge).

Chocolate top:
  1. Melt extra chocolate in the microwave (using the same method as above). Cool for a couple of minutes.
  2. Spread on top of set peppermint filling.
  3. Stand the slice in a cool dry place until chocolate has just set, then cut the slice into squares. It is important not to let the chocolate become rock-hard before you cut it, as if you do, it will be very difficult to cut the slice and the chocolate will break all over the place.