salted butterscotch brittle
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Have you tried your hand at making your own confectionary? It would have been my Mum's birthday today, and as Mum loved all forms of caramels including hard butterscotch lollies I thought we could look at making candies/lollies starting with cooking sugar to the 'hard crack' stage.
'Hard crack' lollies include; candy canes, lollipops, brittles, praline, lollies categorised as "boiled lollies" like fruit/acid/sour drops and hard caramels. 'Hard crack' is reached at 150C (300F), we are taking it a little further today to produce caramel.
Glucose syrup is another form of sugar and like fructose often added to granulated sugar when making candy. The glucose syrup helps prevent the sugar crystallising. In Australia you can buy glucose syrup in any supermarket, you might have to seek it out in other parts of the world.
Buttery and carmelly (ok, that's not a word... but it should be!) with a touch of sea salt, today's hard lollies are meant to be sucked, add peanuts, pecans or macadamia for nut brittle. Whether packaged in cello bags complete with a small hammer to crack off pieces, or neatly moulded; butterscotch brittle makes for a lovely homemade gift.
lightly oil a 18cm x 28cm tin (7in by 11in sheet pan)
2 cups white sugar (granulated white)
1/3 cup water
*2/3 cup glucose syrup
2 tsp of pure vanilla extract/essence
125g butter, cubed (4oz)
pinch or two of salt
flaked sea salt if desired for topping
In a medium saucepan combine, sugar, water and glucose syrup. Stir together over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring to boil, wash down any sugar crystals around the edge of sugar mixture with a damp pastry brush.
a damp pastry brush is used to wash down any sugar crystals
Reduce heat to low, (mixture should still be boiling) and boil without stirring for 7 to 10 minutes or until it reaches 170C (338F) on a candy thermometer. The mixture should be an amber colour.
a inexpensive candy thermometer is the easiest way to ensure accurate setting points.
Remove saucepan from heat and with a wooden spoon stir in butter, vanilla and two pinches of salt (if your using salt on top reduce pinch of salt to one pinch).
Pour into oiled pan, make sure you do this in one pour... if you scrape the pan onto what you have poured it will leave marks/discoloration on the finished candy.
Whilst the mixture is still fairly hot, score lines and sprinkle with sea salt. Scoring the lines allows for fairly neat breaks in the finished candy, however to get "perfect" pieces you have to score very deeply or use a candy mould with shapes of choice.
Allow to totally cool. Pop out of tin and package as desired.
*glucose syrup is thick and very sticky, oil the measuring cup for ease of pouring.
* stir in 1 to 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts when adding the butter for butterscotch peanut brittle.
Happy Baking :)
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