Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Things are SWEET!

And so it begins. I'm making candy and getting ready to dip. I kinda dread doing it every year cause it's a lot of work, but when I get into it I have so much fun. It's kind of amazing that it works out at all. Candy making is for the professional isn't it?

Well, this year I've ventured into unknown territory. I've made my first ever English Toffee. I search on the internet and found a recipe that says it's the best English Toffee in the World. I checked out several, but this one did sound the best, it called for 1 pound of butter! I made a couple of batches (EASY) and then smeared them with Peter's Chocolate (the only kind I will use...call me a snob) and this is the result. It is soooo gooooood!

I'm currently making Peanut Brittle. Once again looked on the internet and found a recipe that is called Buttery Peanut Brittle. However, I'm using cashews because I think it tastes better.

I got up at 0500 to start on all this today. I made two batches of toffee last night and a batch of caramel. I need to make another batch of carmel this morninig. I also did two batches of fondant for my orange centers and my vanilla centers, dipped in chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut.

This is the nut brittle cooking:

And this is the finished product. Looks pretty, hope it tastes good.

So this is the fruits of my labors this morning.

Before I poured the carmel over these nuts I had to take a picture. I love turtles. That requires pecans. I thought that maybe a menagerie of nuts would even be better, so in addition to the pecans, I added cashews and almonds. So this is what it looks like before the carmel is poured over it:

Then I poured carmel over the whole mess. This is what it looks like now:

I have a little dipping to get going on!


Nef Fam said...

Sa-weeeetttt! Honest to pete, do your talents never end????

I imagine things are always sweet at the Egan home, dipping or no dipping.

Mary Z said...

My mouth is watering.

Kirsten said...

Honestly, cashew brittle is my FAVORITE!

Only Girl said...

Gosh no wonder suzie called you on how to dip pretzels!! you are the candy queen!! seriously you can do everything! when is your next work day this derma- chick needs some worken on!

Conder's Castle said...

you better save some of that candy for me....esp. the caramel. I mean it....I'll be very upset if it is all gone. I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU!!!

Conder's Castle said...

and make sure there are caramel chocolate dipped pretzels, too

Dream Weaver Family said...

I am so jealous of such outstanding talent!! If i tried to make those yummy treats the garbage would have to eat them. I can't wait to taste them, notice how I did not make up to your house to witness the dipping extravaganza!!! But you know how idaho falls is this close to Christmas RIGHT?

Jeppesens said...

You put the rest of us to shame. Your candy looks great. Hope you have a great holiday season. I'm sure it will be better since you have some much needed vacation from work. ENJOY!!

g.suzie said...

Tauna, did you get your package, sorry I couldn't stick around, craming, craming. . . I'll be over for some candy, don't give it all away!!!luv ya