OLD FASHIONED SWEETS
No Artificial Flavours, Colours or Preservatives in this Lot, just good old SUGAR and WATER
It was Big kids only in the kitchen this time:
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
Boil all ingredients for approx 10 - 12 minutes, or until a little hard ball can be formed when a little of the mixture is placed in cold water. At this time the mixture will starts to turn a light caramel colour. Take off the heat immediately and allow bubbles to settle (which I did not do) and pour into Patty Pans. Allow to harden. If you like you may sprinkle them with hundreds and thousands or maybe try some crushed nuts before they set.
One taste of these toffees and I was taken straight back to the confectionery stall that stood outside the tuck shop at my old primary school fete. I remember making these with Mum when I was younger and through my high school years I experimented with other sweets like, chocolate fudge, coconut ice, sugar coated peanuts, peanut brittle, caramel popcorn balls, homemade honeycomb and marshmallows...
It's been on my list to do for a while now, to make the kids some real homemade treats, my eldest two can't believe that these sweets taste so good, I caught them sneaking some into their lunchboxes this morning to share with their friends. It has been so much fun to get the old recipe books out and make these once again
I know I sound like an old granny, but you just don't see them around anymore, recipes and trends have changed so much.
I'm actually off to a local Country fete this weekend and I shall be keeping an eye out for any of these goodies on sale.
1 1/2 tabs gelatine
100ml cold water
1 1/4 cups sugar
140ml hot water
Place gelatine, cold water and salt in a mixing bowl
Place sugar and hot water in a saucepan and bring to boiling point
Pour over gelatine mixture and stir until dissolved
Beat until thick and white (holds it's form when lifted)
Add colouring and flavouring (if desired)
Pour into a greased tray
Cut into squares when set
Toss in toasted coconut
* To toast coconut, spread approx 1 cup of coconut on a large plate and place under the grill, keep tossing coconut until golden all over.
(alternatively you can cook in microwave, just tossing every 20 sec or so for approx 2 - 3 minutes)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tabs butter
2 tabs cocoa
1/8 teasp cream of tartar
Place sugar, milk, butter, cocoa and cream of tartar in a saucepan
Stir over low heat until dissolved
Allow to boil for approx 8 min or until a little soft ball can be formed when a little of the mixture is placed in cold water
Remove from heat, add vanilla and beat until stiff
Pour into greased tray
When partly set mark into squares
Allow to harden before removing from tin
*Be careful not to over boil as fudge will harden while beating and set brittle and sugary. (Like mine did - Still YUM though)
*To make Vanilla fudge, just omit the cocoa