The first thing that popped into my mind when I thought about this week’s challenge was ice cream, cakes and cookies. I flipped though my cookbooks and nothing really caught my eye until I found this old fashioned honey candy recipe from Dori Sanders Country Cooking. It was perfect for this challenge.
This cookbook may not interest many people as there are no pretty pictures at all but instead it is filled with delicious country farm recipes and stories. It has many interesting recipes like pickled pig lips and corncob jelly. The methods used are very old fashioned but has very solid cooking foundations. The ingredients used are kept simple but it hits home with big flavours.
Mister thought I was quite mad to choose the day that the temperature hit a high of 43.5C. To work with sugar under this heat was definitely a real challenge. In addition, I had to make sure that I work fast with the sugar before it reaches room temperature. I swear I thought I would have blisters by the time I finished pulling the candy.
- 1 cup honey
- 125ml heavy cream
- 125gm sugar
- 1/2 tsp of lemon juice or any flavouring that you like
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over heat.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir continuously until it reaches hard crack stage. It is 300F on a candy thermometer. If you do not have one, you can test it by dripping some of the mixture into ice water. It should separate into hard and brittle threads. (I did try this and can confirm it works)
- Pour the hot liquid into a buttered tray and allow it to cool. As soon as it is cool enough to handle (not room temperature), divide the mixture into several balls.
- Pull each ball by stretching, reforming and stretching until it holds a consistent shape and is golden in colour
- Roll each candy into a ball and wrap it in baking or waxed paper
Please make sure that you do not place hot candy liquid into your mouth or touch it with your bare hands!
It seems that simple recipes like these are so challenging to get it right. I will definitely want to go give this another go and this time, I will try using different flavours and maybe colouring? It was a real joy to watch the colour change from a dark caramel colour to a nice golden colour as the candy is being pulled! So satisfying and fortunately, no blisters this time
What is your favourite childhood candy?
Week 8 cookbook challenge gang:
Rizka from ini, itu – Peanut butter cookies
Ange from Vicious Ange – Anglo-Italian trifle
Shellie from Iron Chef Shellie – Ducle de leche cupcakes
Leigh from Chit Chat Chomp – Raspberry coconut cake
Billy from Half-Eaten – Bread & butter pudding
Rilsta from My Food Trail – Cream cheese milk chocolate brownies; Homemade French vanilla ice cream
Kate from Something by Kate – Strawberry & vanilla conserve
Agnes from Off the Spork – Berry buttermilk pancakes
Cherrie from Sweet Cherrie Pie – Chocolate chip cookies with caramel rocky road
Bri from Bri Eats – Creamy rhubarb & vodka cocktail; Rhubarb bellini
Sarah from The Sugar Junkie – Molten mocha puddings; Rose meringue kisses