My poor blog is feeling somewhat ignored these days. I'm really sorry - but sometimes life takes over and other things get in the way ! Time to show you a few things I've been up to and share some recipes.
I created this Chocolate Baileys sweets just before Christmas. They've kept amazingly well and are still fresh as a daisy. These are verging on hard candies. They're not chewable - more like boiled sweets and last ages and ages in the mouth. If you want chewy, drop the temperature a few degrees.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup of corn syrup
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons of corn flour
1/2 cup of good cocoa powder
1/3 cup water
1/2 a cup of Baileys Irish Cream Liquer
Combine all the ingredients in a large, non stick pan and stir to make sure there are no lumps.
Put on the heat and boil until temperature reaches 260deg F / 126 deg C
Pour out on to a well buttered / greased pan or on to a massive silicone work mat. Leave it for 5 mins to cool a little.
Put on two lots of vinyl gloves and grease your hands well with favourless oil or butter.
Pull and twist, pull and twist into ropes for about 15 minutes - until you can pull no more.
Cut into 1" long pieces with oiled scissors and allow to fully cool and harden before wrapping in silicone baking paper.
Sarah-Jane Nash, www.siliconemoulds.com - February 2014