Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More recipes--- a double take!

Hi all! Although I will not know the true verdict until tomorrow, here are the latest and greatest recipes from B's kitchen. She was a big help today in mixing up ingredients, despite at least 1/4cup of brown sugar landing all over the floor. ;) We made caramels and gum drops-- I will post tomorrow on how they fared in the set-up process to know if the recipes are viable. They were both super easy to make. The only tool you need that you might not already have is a candy thermometer for the caramels.

Frankenrecipe: Caramel Modification from this recipe (be sure to check out the rest of her blog!)

All I did was substitute Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening instead of the Earth's Balance and Coconut Nectar in place of the Lyle's Syrup. Another alternative in place of the Lyle's Syrup is the sugar syrup recipe found in the sorbet recipe in "recipes that have passed."

Gum Drops:
3 cups of white sugar
1 cup Mango juice (or other fruit juice)
2 tbsp of agar agar (or plain gelatin)
food coloring and/or flavoring of choice

Soak the agar agar or gelatin in 1/4 cup water for about 5 minutes.

Prepare brownie pan by lining with plastic wrap or press and seal. In a medium saucepan, combine juice and sugar. Begin to bring to a boil over medium heat. Add agar agar. Boil for an additional 15 minutes or until agar agar has been completely dissolved. Pour into prepared pan, add food coloring and/or flavor (vanilla extract, etc). Allow to rest overnight in pan. (I put mine in the fridge to encourage the mixture to set up)

More tomorrow when we form the mixture into actual gum drops! Say a prayer that it works!

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