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MAKES 40 Marshmallows ¼ cup water ¼ cup light corn syrup ¾ cup sugar 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin 3 tablespoons cold water ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Food coloring of your choice Sugar for sprinkling the pan Combine ¼ cup water, corn syrup and sugar in saucepan fitted with candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and boil to “softball” stage, or about 235 degrees. Meanwhile, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Sprinkle gelatin gradually over 3 tablespoons water, and let it sponge. When syrup reaches 235 degrees, remove it from heat and pour syrup gradually into … ]]> Sat, 05 May 2012 08:05:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Caramel Bacon Peanut Bark ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 24 SERVINGS 12 ounces maple or brown sugar bacon2 (12-ounce) packages milk chocolate bits 1 1/2 cups chopped peanuts (salted or not)1 (10-ounce) bag soft candy caramels Large flake sea salt Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Heat large saute pan over medium-high. Working in batches, add bacon and cook until very crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then repeat with remaining bacon. Set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, crumble bacon into small pieces. Place chocolate bits in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 … ]]> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 08:03:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Maple Bourbon Candy Bars ]]> Lead story image

MAKES ABOUT 32  (3-INCH) BARS CRUST2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar1 egg 3/4 cup bread flour 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice flour¼ teaspoon salt MAPLE FILLING 2 tablespoons corn syrup 2 cups heavy whipping cream 3 cups granulated sugar 1½ cups real maple syrup 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon TOPPING 12 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (78 percent cocoa ideally), chopped ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ vanilla bean, split and scraped, using only seeds 1 tablespoon pumpkin   powder (optional; see Note) 1 … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:55:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Pumpkin Marshmallow Caramel Bars ]]>

MAKES 16 (3-INCH) BARS 20 ounces dark chocolate (at least 64 percent cocoa), or meltable chocolate (at craft stores) SPICED CARAMEL 11/2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons corn syrup 3 tablespoons butter PUMPKIN MARSHMALLOWS 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup cold water, divided 1/4 cup powdered gelatin1 1/4 cups corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice 1/4 teaspoon sweet yellow curry To temper chocolate: Chop 8 ounces and set aside; melt other 12 ounces in double boiler. Once chocolate is melted (or reaches at least 115 degrees on candy thermometer), remove from … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:55:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Truffle Truffle’s Wasabi Truffle ]]> Lead story image

MAKES ABOUT 45 TRUFFLES 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 pound high-quality white chocolate, broken into small pieces 1½ teaspoons wasabi powder, combined with just enough water to form a thick paste “Candy melts” or white chocolate couverture, for coating (see Note) Make ganache: Bring heavy cream just to a slight boil in medium pot and turn off burner. Swirl cream around to release some excess heat. Add white chocolate, and swirl again to ensure that all chocolate pieces are wet with some cream. Cover pot with a secure lid and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes to allow carryover heat from … ]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:32:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Apple popcorn brittle ]]>

MAKES 6 SERVINGS (7 CUPS) 1 quart popped popcorn2 cups apple-and-cinnamon- flavored cereal 1 cup cocktail peanuts Butter, for lining pans 3/4 cup apple juice1 cup sugar 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt In bowl, toss together popped popcorn, cereal and peanuts; set aside. Butter sides of heavy (2-quart) saucepan. In saucepan, combine apple juice, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Cook to hard-ball stage (250 degrees on candy thermometer). Remove from heat. Pour syrup over popcorn mixture; gently toss to coat. Spread in buttered (151/2-by-101/2-by-1-inch) … ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:19:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marshmallow haystacks ]]>

MAKES 52 PIECES 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature 2 tablespoons milk 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt 3 cups mini-marshmallows 3 cups flaked coconut, lightly toasted In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and milk. Mix on high speed until well-blended. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Stir in melted chocolate, vanilla and salt. Fold in marshmallows. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture in toasted coconut, toss until well-covered. Place haystacks on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm. Store in air-tight container. Maggie … ]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:30:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jack's party pecans ]]>

MAKES 3-4 SERVINGS 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup pecan halves 2 tablespoons Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 drops Tabasco sauce Melt butter in frying pan. Spread pecan halves in pan. Saute very slowly, stirring often until pecans are lightly browned. Stir in Jack Daniel's, simmer 1 minute. Add soy sauce, salt and Tabasco. Stir. Cool pecans on paper towels. Store in airtight container. Makes 1 cup. Nutrition facts per serving: 261 calories, 25 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 16 mg cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 384 mg sodium, 2 … ]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:29:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chinese chews ]]>

MAKES 16 SERVINGS 2/3 cup sifted flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs, well-beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Confectioners' sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add walnuts, dates and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Pour mixture into a greased 8-inch-square baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into squares while still hot. When cool, … ]]> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:58:03 -0500