Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

chocolate leaves

as i was cleaning out my garden this week, i cut spearmint leaves from my herb bed.  after watching Martha for years demonstrating how to make chocolate leaves, i decided to give the technique a try on my own.

i washed the leaves and allowed them to dry on paper towels.  when dry, i simply melted 1/2 bag of ghiradelli dark chocolate bits within a double boiler on the stove top.

next, i placed the leaves on waxed paper and painted the leaves with a bristle brush dipped in the chocolate.

allow the leaves to dry for several hours and then use them for cake decorations.  i used my leaves this week on an angel food cake with great success.  the taste of the mint is so fresh and nothing like an artificial mint.  these chocolate mint leaves are refreshing and delicious.  i recommend them highly.

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