With the holiday season in full swing, I find myself craving anything blissfully sweet.
Disclaimer: If you are trying to lose weight or hope to refrain from indulging in overtly sugary food items this holiday, I suggest you stop reading now. But if you are looking to be whisked away by the magnificence of this simple, yet extraordinarily delectable confection, please continue.
Golden syrup, an amber-colored, lava-like sweetener, is ubiquitous in the United Kingdom and a familiar mainstay in pantries across the country. While regularly used to drown buttery pancakes/waffles or spread on toast, I used it to make a slightly sticky, crunchy, ‘honeycomb’ candy – something very reminiscent of another English confectionery, the Cadbury Crunchie.
With its sunset, brown-orange hue, your mouth explodes with multiple sensations as you bite down into this crispy, airy, melt-on-your-tongue concoction. The list of ingredients may be simple, but they offer up a substance with toasty, nutty, buttery undertones and a complimentary maple-honey depth of flavor,
Make this recipe with your kids or give it to a loved one during this holiday season. Enjoy!
Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Hokey Pokey Recipe
3 tablespoons of Golden Syrup (can find online or at specialty stores)
½ cup of light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda, sifted
In a saucepan and off the heat, mix the golden syrup and the brown sugar until sugar is coated with syrup. Turn heat onto medium-low. Do NOT mix the sugar/syrup. Do NOT touch the sugar/syrup. Allow the mixture to become liquid/come to a boil, about 4-5 minutes.
Once the mixture is bubbling and is a dark and has an almost burnt complexion (you can drop some of the mixture into a glass of water – if the mixture immediately solidifies into a ball, the mixture is at the right temperature), take off the heat and vigorously/immediately stir in the baking soda.
Pour the mixture on a silpat or parchment paper and allow to set. Once it is set up (about 20 minutes)/hard, break into pieces using a rolling pin or a hammer! Then eat!
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