Friday, July 29, 2011

Sweets Straight From Honeydukes

I recently mae some candy. It was very simple and super fun. My previously mentioned cousn and I looked up a recipe for after-dinner mints, but, lacking peppermint or spearmint, used rose water and made candy instead. Our candy thermometer didn't work, so we had to guess when to stop cooking it.
We combined: 2 cups of sugar
                      1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
                       1 teaspoon vinegar
in a saucepan and cooked on medium/medium-high unti it began to change color. We didn't have a working candy thermometer, so this was try #2. The other try, we burnt it and put coconut milk in it to make caramel sauce, but you could tell it was burnt. This one, we actually thought "Oh! It changed color. Lets add coconut milk again.". We soon realized that if you poured it out it would get firmer.When we did realize that, we poured it onto a large sheet of parchment paper until cool enough to handle. When it reached that state, we took turns pulling it  and added the rose water. Eventually we rolled it into two long snakes, about 1/2 inch thick. We cut those with kitchen scissors into little golden pillows and rolled them in super-fine sugar (but you can use powdered or regular) and layed them out. We put them in a plastic baggie and froze them as to not stick together. Please freeze a.s.a.p., if you dont they will become one lare sugary mass (which happened to us). But, to save the batch, we froze them and hit them with a hammer. Please just freeze! For a little more detail please post comments or see if I left anything out on my cousin's blog.

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