2011年1月29日土曜日

winter fun- Little House style

One of the reasons we got through the week of school closure so easily was thanks to a fabulous neighbour. W is my newest neighbour, she's young and fun and full of great ideas and even more into living the country life than I am! Oh and to top it off? She's from America so the English speaking population in my neighbourhood has just doubled! (I'll have to watch my accent though, hey?)

Anyway, W invited Meg and I to make maple snow candy. I have been intrigued by this ever since I read Little House in the Big Wood as a kid. At the time I tried making it by pouring honey straight onto the shelf in the fridge freezer. Funnily enough a) it didn't set, b) it just tasted like cold honey and c) mum wasn't too impressed....

This time was not only more successful but way more fun!

First we collected some snow:

Then we measured out some maple syrup (did I mention my neighbour is so fabulous she not only has maple syrup but is amazing enough to share it!)

Then it was time to measure the butter:

Heat it to 106 degrees. (She even has a candy thermometer!) (Oh and I love old style kero stoves because you can cook on top as well!)

Then it was time to tip the syrup mix over the snow.

And this is what we ended up with- if you look veeeery carefully and really want to see it you might see an M and an A and some hearts.

After putting it outside to cool down again we carefully removed the maple candy from the snow....

and walah!!


Only it didn't quite work out... The snow is really cold and powdery at the moment so I think maybe the hard, icier type snow might work better. We also did some creative mathematics changing the recipe from imperial to metric and then trying to halve it so something could have easily gone amiss there, too.... But while it didn't turn into crunchy toffee like goodness it was the most amazing soft caramel type yumminess and as you can see Meg had an absolute ball making it and that made it more delicious, too!

3 件のコメント:

michiclover さんのコメント...

What a fun fun fun thing to do! I too, read the Little House books as a child and was always intrigued by the "snow Candy".
Does your new friend blog too?

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Michiclover

Sarah さんのコメント...

I've only had snow-poured maple toffee once, but it was at a real sugar shack in Quebec, so about as authentic as you can get... anyways it was gooey soft toffee maple-y goodness instead of hard crunchy maple-y goodness. But it didn't really have a chance to cool and set much before we were instructed to roll it up on wooden popsicle sticks.

Maple candy is tough to make, though so kudos! My uncle taps trees and makes (delicious) maple syrup from scratch. He's been making and selling for years but keeps failing with the maple sugar candies. Just can't get them quite right. Tough stuff!

thefukases さんのコメント...

michiclover- they really did make it sound fun in the book didn't they! And nope, my neighbour is a non-blogger, I'll wear her down!

Sarah- Yeah!!! Thanks for the tip and the expert advice. I feel like much less of a failure now!

Oh and if your Uncle ever wants another niece I am always after a maple syrup producing Uncle!