Peppermint Potato Candy
I happen to be the foreman of the vegetable club of the Horticultural Society and I had also given a talk on Rhubarb a few years ago. So I was asked to do this and I said no. So a few weeks later they talked to me again and said that no one had wanted to take this on. So I said yes.
Then I sat down at the computer and looked for interesting recipes. Because unlike Rhubarb, on which I had been collecting recipes, I just boil and bake potatoes and that would be a very boring talk. So I concentrated on finding unusual recipes with potatoes. And much to my surprise I found them in droves. Apparently, making candy with potatoes was quite common in the 40's and 50's. So I had to try pretty much every recipe I found. Some were better than others and this one was a favorite. All of them used boiled and mashed potatoes and combine it with powdered sugar. I always have some leftover from dinner. It's nice to be able to use them for something fun like candy.
¾ cup Mashed boiled potato
2 tsp Soft butter
1 tsp Peppermint extract
Whip all those together (a machine is best for that)
Add a little at a time:
7-8 cups Powdered sugar.
It will, and should be, a pretty stiff dough.
Push into a square form (I line mine with baking paper)
Melt together over a bain marie:
2 cups of a Dark chocolate
1 tsp Butter
Pour over the peppermint dough.
Put into a refrigerator and let it get cool.
Remove from the form from the fridge and cut into squares.