White chocolate poinsettia

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ pounds Finest-quality white chocolate
\N \N Assorted pesticide free citrus leaves;
\N \N Such as lemon; lime or grapefruit
\N \N Red paste food color; see * Note
¼ pounds Small green jelly beans

* NOTE: Use paste food color, since contact with liquid makes chocolate stiff and unmalleable. Coarsely chop white chocolate. Melt in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring constantly, until completely smooth.

(White chocolate has a low melting point, so take care when melting.) With a paper towel, wipe the underside of each citrus leaf to be sure the surface is clean and dry. With a clean, dry paintbrush or pastry brush, spread the melted chocolate up the side of the bowl of a double boiler in order to slightly cool the chocolate. Paint the underside of a citrus leaf with a thick layer of chocolate; spread it neatly to leaf's edge, and wipe away excess. To tint the white chocolate and give it a variegated effect, before brushing it on citrus leaves, pour it into a bowl, swirl in food color with a toothpick or wooden skewer, and then spread the tinted chocolate on a citrus leaf with a brush. Gently place leaves on a parchment-lined baking tray. Freeze 5 to 10 minutes, until firm. Remove the leaf from the chocolate by gently pulling back stem and loosening outer edges. Use chocolate leaves immediately. Working quickly, arrange several chocolate leaves on top of a cake or cupcake; stagger a second layer between the first layer of leaves. (Cool hands in ice water, as necessary.) Cut four jelly beans in half; place them in the center of chocolate flower.

Serve immediately. Makes 1 chocolate poinsettia.

Source: "Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Jun 1997" S(Formatted for MC5): "by Lynn Thomas - Lynn_Thomas@..." Per serving: 0 Calories (kcal); 0g Total Fat; (0% calories from fat); 0g Protein; 0g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 0mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

Recipe by: Recipe from Kathleen Gasta, winner of the Good Things Holida Converted by MM_Buster v2.0n.

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