Candied Mint Leaves

Over the past couple of weeks I've been going through dessert recipes, searching for something really yummy to make for my birthday. I came across a recipe I want to try that sounds almost too wonderful - Dark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie. The pie is rich with milk, eggs, and heavy cream, plus it combines dark chocolate with a touch of bourbon. This sounds like a dessert worthy of a birthday to me. The recipe suggested garnishing the pie with candied mint leaves. Since I had never made candied mint leaves, this in itself piqued my interest. The pie is yet to be made, but with the birthday is right around the corner, I decided to test out the mint leaves.

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Candied Mint Leaves

Fresh mint leaves
1 egg white, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons sugar
1 drop mint extract

Prepare the mint leaves by removing from the stem. Using your fingers, gently rub the egg white onto each leaf. Lay the leaves out on a sheet of parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine sugar and mint extract, mixing well. Sprinkle or sift the sugar mixture over the mint leaves. Allow to dry. When crisp, the mint leaves are ready to use.

My original purpose in making these candied mint leaves was for garnishing the chocolate dessert, but now I'm also thinking how great they would be in a pitcher of LEMONADE. Actually, a Dark Chocolate Mint Julep Pie served with lemonade and candied mint leaves sounds like a great plan for a birthday party.


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