Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Either way, I have found a great idea for a fun Christmas treat.
As most of you know, Paul works in the Coal industry.
I like to send his guys in little treats for the holidays and this one is PERFECT.
It looks just like real chunks of coal!!!
Go check out some of her awesome recipes. Everything is so pretty!
Sprinkle Bakes Christmas Coal Candy recipe:
1 egg white
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided, plus a little extra might be needed for thickening purposes
1 1/2-2 tsp. black gel food coloring such as Wilton brand
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1. Whisk together 1 cup of the powdered sugar along with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
2.Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar. The mixture should be very stiff as you whisk. Pick up some of the batter with the whisk, and allow it to fall back into the bowl. It should cling to the whisk when you pick up the batter, and fall in thick heavy pieces back into the bowl. If it does not, add a little more powdered sugar until this consistency is achieved.
3. Set aside while you cook the sugar (next step).
3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1. Line an 8x8 (or similar size) heat-proof pan with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Combine water and sugar in a large non-stick saucepan. Mix sugar and water together by stirring and mashing them together with a heat-proof spatula until it is the consistency of wet sand.
3. Insert a candy thermometer and let the mixture cook until it reaches 258-260 degrees. The mixture will stay grainy and look weird and you might think you've done something wrong but you haven't. When it's close to the 250 degree mark, the mixture may begin to lightly brown from cooking It should still be grainy and not in a liquid state.
4. When 258-260 degrees is achieved, add the black egg white/powdered sugar mixture to the pot and stir (don't whisk) with a heat-proof spoon. The mixture may foam, so be careful!
5. When thoroughly mixed, pour into the prepared pan and allow to stand until hardened. When hardened, break into pieces.
After working all week and wasting Friday evening home with a little stomach bug..
I was busy in the kitchen for the rest of the weekend.
... so many good treats to make.
I baked cookies, brownies, and made lots of yummy lollipops.
Now.. just one more dog to go!
The upcoming week looks to be a busy one.
In between working all week
I have some Christmas shopping to finish up,
some pre-op procedures for the Kidney stone blasting
I have to remember to renew my drivers license!!!
Have a wonderful new week everyone!
Don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy the season.