I love following food blogs and one of the very best things about the explosion of food blogging is the wealth of inspiration from all over the world, with individual perspectives, styles and ideas. Whilst I don’t usually use or buy silcone baking moulds, when I saw these peppermint snowflake chocolates on one of my favourite American blogs, Baked by Rachel, I had to try making them. This is definitely a recipe and a task to bookmark for next year, as these chocolates would make beautiful gifts and there are endless variations and possibilities.
I made these at my friend Jessica’s house and we made the peppermint bark to Rachel’s recipe (she has step-by-step photos on an older post here), but then experimented by adding orange oil to plain chocolate and sprinkling a few hazelnuts over the top. By just making one layer, they obviously turn out thinner too. Dark chocolate and pistachio would work well and perhaps white chocolate with rose petals or lavender flecks too. They came out of the moulds really easily and they tasted delicious!
I managed to find my ‘snowflake silicone mold tray’ on Amazon.co.uk but I am sure you could find them in many independent cookery shops, particularly at this time of the year.
I also made little chocolate cupcakes in the moulds too, which made the perfect after-school snack for the kids. If you have some silicone moulds handy, you might even have time to try making these yourselves before Christmas. Let me know if you do!
Today I’m looking forward to being a guest again on Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen where I will be talking about a traditional Polish Christmas, with wild mushroom soup, pierogi (filled dumplings) and a baked Polish cheesecake. Tune in or listen on iplayer if you can!