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For Morgan - Cast Iron Pan Candy
April 8, 2009
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quietstorm
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since she got her braces off ….

from Hobby Farm Home – Fall/Winter 2007  pg. 38

Note:  the more butter the richer the candy.  For smoothest texture, the butter and sugar should be in approximately equal portions.  If using unsalted butter, half a pinch of salt will brighten the flavor

Melt butter in a cast iron frying pan over medium low heat.  Add sugar.  Stir.  The sugar will melt and meld with the butter (this is fun to watch).  Continue to cook and stir 10-15 minutes.  When mixture has caramelized to a light brown color and smells rich, it's done.  Be careful not to let it become dark brown and burnt.  Mix in optional flavorings, such as vanilla, rum, lemon juice or herbs to taste.  Pour in small amounts or spoon onto waxed paper.  Let cool.

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April 9, 2009
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I have to try this one…sounds delish! We love butter.  A little homemade vanilla?  Ok, I'm off to the stove.  What a treat< Morgan!Shimmy

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December 10, 2009
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I'm doing this today!  Anyone else tried it?  I wonder if brown sugar would work just as well?

Clover made me do it.

December 10, 2009
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(answering my own question) Yes, you can!

Clover made me do it.

December 10, 2009
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I did it too with white sugar… vanilla added towards the end really seemed to help pull it all together too, or else that was just coincedence.  I need to perfect my technique of dropping onto wax paper.. also, I think several coatings on some spoons to use as coffee stirrers would be GREAT for this!  Anyone with lollypop molds, (small ones) might want to try this too, though I'm not running out to buy any… still, YUM! 

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December 10, 2009
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Oh what a great idea!!!  Coffee stirrers! or Hot Cocoa stirrers!!!

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December 10, 2009
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Whoa…………………………….For years Ive taken a lot of stick from American friends that  although we can make roast beef and yorkshire pudding.We cannot make a decent cup of coffee to save our livesHelp Ive learn to live with the ignomyHole  Now you tell me I should be stirring a cup of joe with a lump of toffee on a stickLaughLaughLaugh No wonder I was going wrong….mea culpa GrrrGrrrGrrr

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December 10, 2009
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Hmmm lemon flavoring with tea may be good.

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December 10, 2009
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Try it Chris…I thought it was very weird also..when I moved to Canada 8 years ago.

But now…oh yesterday I had a peppermint/mocha coffee…or English toffee…so much better than European coffee…(no offence)

December 10, 2009
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To add to the suggestion of coating spoons for coffee stirirs, you could do the spoons with chocolate, and then put crushed toffee on them for stiring coffe or hot chocolate.

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December 10, 2009
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oooh, that's a better idea Heidi!  After all, dipping plastic spoons in that hot toffee would probably be a not so good idea!  Your're SHMART! Yes   Suzanne did a post about using crushed pepperment candy with the chocolate last year I think, making the two as an option would be really good!!!  MMMmmmm!

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December 10, 2009
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ok… i screwed up my own recipe….it broke, separated and curdled and got all grainy…

what did i do wrong? & can i “rescue” it?Hissy Fit

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December 10, 2009
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Count me strange..I like grainy candy too. Surprised

December 10, 2009
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You could also go to a second hand store and get odd teaspoons to use. Metal ones for that hot candy Surprised

I see a lot of oddball silverware at the local Mission store hmmmmm.

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December 10, 2009
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quietstorm said:

ok… i screwed up my own recipe….it broke, separated and curdled and got all grainy…

what did i do wrong? & can i “rescue” it?Hissy Fit


Did you stir constantly?  I stirred CONSTANTLY.  At first it looked as if the butter was separated and would never mix together.  I just kept stirring stirring.  I did it for 15 minutes.  Also, the temperature maybe?  My gas stove goes from Low to 1 through 9 then High.  I did this on 5.  The recipe says medium-low and I did it more like medium.

Clover made me do it.

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Mine seperated for a bit too, looked curdled and grainy for a while and I thought it was going to be messed up, but then it all just came together.  just keep stir, stir, stirring.

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December 10, 2009
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yes, i think the stirring was the issue…. i stopped to take cookies for DD's bake sale out of the oven…

gotta stop multitasking….No

can it be fixed? right now it looks like oily sand

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December 10, 2009
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not positive but it's worth trying!  I'd suggest starting with the heat really low, as it warms up, slowly increase the heat higher till it's back up to medium again and see if it starts to come together.  If it won't come together … hmmmm, add more butter and use on top of muffins? heh, must be some use for it!

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December 11, 2009
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wvhomecanner said:

You could also go to a second hand store and get odd teaspoons to use. Metal ones for that hot candy Surprised

I see a lot of oddball silverware at the local Mission store hmmmmm.

dede


GREAT IDEA, DeDe!!!!!!

I get most of my old silver downtown at the thrift shop…….it's 2 pieces for a nickel!!!!  And they always seem to have it, but I clean them out everytime I'm there!

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December 11, 2009
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BuckeyeGirl said:not positive but it's worth trying!  I'd suggest starting with the heat really low, as it warms up, slowly increase the heat higher till it's back up to medium again and see if it starts to come together.  If it won't come together … hmmmm, add more butter and use on top of muffins? heh, must be some use for it!


ooooo….deb thanks! you got me thinking…. will try remelting it but if that doesnt work i could throw some cinnamon in it and use it for cinnamon roll filling or put in the bottom of the muffin tin and make sticky buns!!!  Im glad i didnt throw it out!  Shimmy

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