Sunday, May 31, 2015

Apple Drop Candy #SundaySupper

It's been a while since I've journeyed into the candy-making arena, and given that Summer is around the corner with it's (generally) hot, humid, not-so-candy-friendly weather I don't forsee a rash of gummies, chocolates or marshmallows anytime soon. As a last hurrah before the candy curtain falls for a few months, I turned to one of my simplest and most versatile recipes - clear droplets of crystallized fruit juice with rich undertones of varietal honey. The recipe was one I had obtained from one of my mom's old coworkers, who also co-owned an apiary and made the most decadent honey-filled hard candies I've ever tasted... though it was only after she left the company and lost touch with us that I ever looked at the recipe card.

Apple Cider Candy Drops

The original combination used clover honey and created sugar-dusted lollipops, but I was given some absolutely delicious orange blossom honey and decided to use that. Not having any candy sticks at home (and frankly, being too cheap to buy any), the lollipops turned into candy "drops" - making them deliciously suckable treats on the go with much less fuss. If I was making this again, I'd definitely opt for one of the flavourful varieties - for example manuka (not the raw, medicinal kind though), leatherwood or (my all time favourite) chestnut. Even though a mere ¼ cup of the sweetener makes it into the pot, it's combination with pure apple cider elevates both flavours and definitely makes you appreciate the nuances in each!

This week, the Sunday Supper tastemakers have put on their super-cook capes on to save the day (or dinner) with recipes that use five or fewer ingredients. (Water, salt, pepper, and oil are “freebies” that do not count as ingredients.) From pasta dishes to slow cooker entrees to delicious sweet treats to enticing appetizers, you’ll be inspired to try these easy recipes. T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley is our host this week. Thanks T.R.!

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Apple Drop Candy
Makes ~25 pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp cream of tartar
¼ cup amber honey (vegans can use amber agave or a vegan "honey")
¼ cup unsweetened apple cider
  1. Line a baking sheet with Silpat and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, cream of tartar, honey or corn syrup and juice in a medium saucepan.
  3. Insert a candy thermometer, bring to a boil and cook until temperature reaches 300F.
  4. Remove from heat and with heatproof gloves, use a small ladle or tablespoon to pour drops of the hot sugar onto the prepared sheet.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Dust with icing sugar and store in a single layer in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 41.9
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.7 mg
Total Carbs: 11.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 0.0 g