If you have ever grown fresh mint in your herb garden, then you know that there is always an abundance of mint. I like adding mint to my summer spritzers and both fruit and lettuce salads. I have also started enjoying baking with mint. Once you start adding fresh mint to your dessert recipes, I promise you will want to throw that artificial mint extract away. Here are a collection of delicious recipes you should try once your mint harvest becomes large.
During the summer, my herb garden is my pride and joy. I love adding fresh mint to my iced tea, spritzers, and fruit. Did you know that there are a variety of baked goods that taste amazing with mint? I started baking with mint a few years ago, and I never bought mint extract from the store ever again.
Tips for baking with fresh Mint
Although the taste of mint is strong, it can be overpowered by other flavors if you don’t use it enough. To extract the flavor out of the mint. Consider these tips when baking with mint.
1. Infuse it- If you have a liquid ingredient such as water or milk, consider infusing mint into it before adding it to the dessert. Mint tea, for example, will be more potent within the dessert.
2. Cream the Mint in with Butter or Oil- When baking cakes or cookies, cream the chopped mint with butter or oil. This will help infuse the mint into the recipe.
3. Consider Purring the mint- If you’re baking a cookie or a cake, mix the ingredients into a food processor to puree it. This will help the dessert absorb the mint flavor.
Although I prefer just using mint straight from my garden. Here are a few way you can preserve your fresh mint.
Freeze Mint- You can freeze mint by pureeing fresh mint leaves with butter or coconut oil and storing the puree in ice cube trays.
Dry Mint- You can dry mint by simply handing mint in bunches. Dehydrating mint in your food dehydrator is also a great option.