With the two front runners knocked out of the competition, the reigning queen slash my dear friend Bob the Drag Queen dropped by for a brief interlude pre-final lip sync. Despite wanting to keep the crown on her head, Ru was able to convince her to hand it over to the victor of the final lip sync.
Bob and Ru had fun throwing shade at Valentina for a little while longer before Peppermint and Sasha ru-turned to the stage … the latter wearing a mask. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Sasha was hoping to fake her way to the crown like a talented Val, by way of Whits’ It’s Not Right But It’s Ok.
But oh how she didn’t – I mean sure, both queens started out extremely strong but after wearing the top half of the mask for the first half of the lip sync, Sasha cracked it open like a damn egg and stole the show … something poor Peppermint’s glitter-bit couldn’t top.
It was obvious during the first lip-sync that Sasha had come to snatch the crown, no matter what … but it was a mean feat to finally take out the lip sync assassin – as Ru declared during the interviews – at her own game. Despite what people say about Pepp’s record throughout the season, she was a charming and hilarious star week after week, excluding Snatch Game.
As Laverne Cox spoke about during the interview section, Peppermint is an effervescent star and watching her perform truly is an absolute joy. Plus, she is the drag mother of season 10 victor, Wintergreen, who returned to the stage to wish her well, and that instantly keeps her iconic.
Say what you will about her in-competition track record, Peppermint is a fierce queen and turned out her performances and was THE narrator of the season. I don’t know about you, but that is more than deserving of my Peppermint Slice.
Peppermint Slice fill me with so many happy memories of childhood, and these babies more than live up to the expectations of their pre-packaged inspiration. Sweet, fresh and crisp, they are the ultimate treat for an afternoon coffee … or sneaking them with your Nan in her kitchen with a Lemon, Lime and Bitters without your parents knowing.
As a child, I was a fancy bitch with great taste. Enjoy!
Serves: 1 runner-up and her pal, or thirty individual biscuits.
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup raw caster sugar
2 eggs, 1 whole the other separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder
400g dark chocolate, melted|
500g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp peppermint essence
Combine the butter and caster sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low for a couple of minutes. With the mixer still on, add the vanilla, whole egg and yolk, and mix until just combined. Sift in the flour and sugar and stir until it is combined enough to avoid causing a dust cloud before mixing on low until the dough just comes together. Shape it into a disc and roll it out until ½ a centimetre thick, and transfer to the fridge for half an hour to chill.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Cut out 30, 5cm wide rounds, re-rolling the dough until all used. Place them on two lined baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes or until just starting to firm. Remove from the oven and cool on the trays for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
While they are cooling, work on the filling by whisking the egg white in a bowl while gradually adding the sugar and peppermint. Knead with your hands until completely combined. Break the mixture into 30 – or enough for your biscuits – individual balls and press on top of the biscuits to form a slightly domed top.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Dip the base of each biscuit into the chocolate and transfer to a lined baking sheet, drizzle over remaining chocolate and smooth to cover.
Leave the biscuits to stand for a few hours, or until set … before devouring.