Home-made Christmas #4 - Honeycomb (Cinder Toffee)

Tuesday, 14 December 2010  |  Admin

Whether you call it Honeycomb, Cinder Toffee, Fairy Candy or Yellow Man, this is a great recipe to have tucked into your belt. On Sunday evening I realised that I needed to provide something for no1 sons school christmas party on Monday.
I'm enough of a food snob that I couldn't bring myself to nip to Tesco's for a packet of mince pies - and besides this was cheaper and I had all the ingredients in the cupboard!
I've made some more for the teachers pressies and it looks very pretty, but bear in mind that after a few days it gets a bit sticky so best made at the last minute. Not that this is a problem, it takes about 5 minutes to make and 2 hours cooling time.
I've tried a few different recipes but recently was watching Masterchef Australia and they had a couple of brilliant tips which I think make it fool-proof.
200g sugar4 tablespoons golden syrup1 tablespoon bicarbonate of sodaA BIG saucepanA 2 litre pyrex bowl & greaseproof paper / silicone paper
Put the sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and mix together off the heat.Place on the hob and heat gently until the sugar dissolves, then heat for a further 4 or 5 minutes.While the sugar mixture is heating, line your pyrex bowl with either greaseproof paper or silicone paperAs soon as the sugar starts to change colour at the sides of the pan, take it off the heat and stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
The mixture will foam up, pour it into your lined bowl and leave to cool for 2 hours.Lift the set honeycomb out of the bowl and peel away the greaseproof paper / silicone paper.Place the honeycomb back in the bowl and break into shards (I used the end of a rolling pin).
You'll be left with lots of shards and some honeycomb dust, which is fabulous stirred into melted chocolate or sprinkled on vanilla ice cream!

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