Lately, after eating supper, I've been craving something sweet. Not whole huge desserts, but just a few bites of something sweet, like candy. Rather than purchase candy made with all sorts of additives and junk, I thought I'd try and make candy at home.
First, I found a recipe that looked idiot-proof and tasty. It was also one I had all the ingredients on hand for. Bonus!
(From Dining on a Dime Cookbook, by Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper)
2 Cups sugar
1/2 Cup cider vinegar
2 Tsp. Butter
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and cook to 275 degrees. Pour into well buttered jelly roll pan, let cool, and break. Makes 24 pieces.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Everything started out fine:
I gathered my ingredients (that thing on the left is my butter keeper. If you don't have one, get one, it's amazing!)
And I followed the cooking instructions
And ended up with a pan full of candy-flavored cement.
I think my pan was too large, and my well-buttered job was not enough cause that stupid stuff wouldn't come out. I chiseled at it with a spatula, I put down waxed paper and hit it with a hammer. I ended up with shards of candy, not 24 pieces, but like candy dust with a few large bits thrown in. Also, when you suck on it, it gets gooey and sticks in your fillings/teeth.
Next up, English Toffee from Paula Dean's Dessert Cookbook. With a smaller pan.