Adventures in yarn and candy

Lots of things going on here.  I finished the clogs for DH.

Here is a pre-felt picture…

pre-felt DH clogs

and an after-felt picture…

after-felt DH clogs

I also made several batches of peanut brittle.  It is a wonderful treat to give away.

Peanut Brittle (a la the “old” Fisher peanut bag)

1/3 cup water

1 c corn syrup

2 c sugar

3 c raw peanuts

1 t salt

2 t baking powder

2 t butter (real butter does make a difference here)

ingredient

Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup.  Bring to boil, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 240F (soft ball).

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Add peanuts, stir constantly until the mixture reaches 295F.  You will begin to smell a “toasted peanut” smell just before it hits this temperature.

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Remove from heat and add in butter and stir.

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Add in salt and baking powder  (mixture will foam).

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and start to turn a more caramel-like color.

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Pour onto parchment paper and let cool a few minutes.

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Carefully stretch out the mixture by pulling at the edges.  It will be hot, but the thinner peanut brittle is so delicious and not so rough on Grandma’s dentures.

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Let it cool completely and break it up… Voila!

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This is 4 batches.

I also tried the a Southern Praline recipe from December’s Martha Stewart Living.  It was awesome.  They didn’t turn out so pretty, but were delicious.  I won’t stir them as long next time.

pralines

I did some experimenting with the usual truffle recipe.  I tried piping the mixture instead of letting it harden as much.  It was a bust.  I’ll just have to do it the long way (scooping and rolling the little truffle balls).  They tasted fine, but were very soft and small.  The chocolate coating also clotted up… boo-hoo.

truffle expt gone bad

There will be more candy-making this weekend.  Laurel and I are traveling to Berea to make candy with a friend from high school/college.   It is always nice to catch up.

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