Chocolate Mint Leaves

Fresh mint leaves and homemade chocolate ones make a heavenly garnish.

  • Yield: Makes enough for one 9-inch layer cake

Photography: Beatriz Da Costa

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2005

Ingredients

  • 18 fresh mint leaves, 1/4 inch of each stem intact
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions

  1. Using a small pastry brush, coat underside of each leaf with a thick layer of chocolate. (If chocolate drips onto top of leaf, gently wipe away with your finger.)

  2. Drape leaves, chocolate sides up, over handle of a wooden spoon set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

  3. Gently grasp chocolate layer of each leaf with kitchen tweezers. Holding stem, peel off mint leaf.

Cook's Notes

To keep the heat from your hands from melting the chocolate, use kitchen tweezers to hold the chocolate while you peel back the leaf with your fingers. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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