Friday, December 22, 2006

Candy Maker

Ritz Bitz
Chex Mix
Rainbow Cookies

Peppermint Kisses

This guy Culinary in the Desert goes all out when it comes to making Christmas candy.

I am attempting Almond Roca.

Almond Roca (Adapted from BBCL - Anna)

4 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups sliced almonds, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces fine quality milk chocolate bars, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 Evenly spread 1 cup sliced almonds onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 6-8 minutes until they turn a light brown, stirring occasionally, so they do not burn. When done, cool and slightly crush the almonds. Cover a 10X15" pan with foil and set aside. Place butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan and melt over medium heat until it starts to bubble and you can smell a pleasant nutty aroma. Stir in sugar, water and salt. Attach a candy thermometer inside the pan and leave the heat on medium, bring to a boil without stirring. When the temperature reaches 245, stir in the remaining 2 cups almonds and keep stirring until the temperature reaches 295. When at 295, remove pan from heat and carefully stir in baking soda. Quickly pour into the prepared pan, gently pushing into the corners. This will begin to set very fast so don't mess around too much. After a couple minutes, sprinkle chocolate over the top of the candy and let set for 5 minutes. Using a small off-set spatula, spread the softened chocolate evenly over the top. Sprinkle with the crushed almonds and let cool at room temperature for 60 minutes. Place in the refrigerator and let sit for a couple hours so the chocolate can set. Break into chunks with a knife or your hands.

Sounds easy enough and I've got everything. Fun thing to do on a windy winters day. I'll be using Nestles chocolate chips for the 12 ounces of fine quality milk chocolate bars, chopped.

I remember Ol'Bobs Almond Roca. He used an ice pick to break his up. I hope I don't need an axe!


Anonymous said...

YUM! I'm gonna make me some!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kath!

Too much snow for your mom. But...glad you are having a white Christmas!

Hope all we get is sunshine. It's warming up a bit.

Tree is up and sooo pretty! My village is almost perfect too. It's a good thing we got rid of the couch so we have room for the xmas tree.

I still love Christmas!

Have a good one! Merry Christmas...

FishTaxi said...

Riverbrat- How did yours turn out? Still need to make mine! Got busy cleaning out closests and corners instead.

Mom- Got your Christx card and will try to get Torys to her. Is there money in it? hehe

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about all that white stuff, I don't make cookies, or put up a tree.
But Tanner did make one out of wrapping paper and tape it to the wall.
You forget what Christmas means to a child. He's counting the days down.
All the wants is goalie gear, and Rachael found some street gear off the internet.
Tomarrow morning is going to be like Christmas mornings years ago. But without Mom and Dave flying
in on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas Love ya