Homemade candy makes a great gift. It is also perfect for family fun night or other events. Whatever the occasion, give these candy recipes a try for some real treats. Yummy Almond Brittle, Old Fashion Buttermilk Candy and Homemade Chocolate Bark with Nuts are the recipes in this article. All are lip-smackin' good! They are not fancy candies one would make for a showy presentation. These are basic candies, made for taste.
YUMMY ALMOND BRITTLE
1 1/2 cups whole almonds
3 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp water
Arrange oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet with sides, arranged in a single layer; toast for 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
Melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the toasted almonds to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from the heat and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet; set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Use a small pastry brush that's been dipped in cold water, to wash down sugar crystals that cling to the sides of the pan. Do not stir now! Bring the syrup to a boil until it turns a golden color. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the almonds and butter mixture. Quickly pour the mixture onto the buttered baking dish. Allow to cool and harden. Break into pieces. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Yield: Approximately 1 pound.
OLD FASHION BUTTERMILK CANDY
This is a candy recipe from my young days in Southern Indiana during the 1960s. I hope you enjoy it as much as we always have!
2 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2 cups pecans
1 cup buttermilk
1 stick margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar, salt, and buttermilk; cook 5 minutes. Add margarine and pecans. Cook 5 minutes more, to a soft ball stage. Add vanilla. Beat until cool, pour onto a buttered platter. Very good!
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE BARK WITH NUTS
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 tall can evaporated milk
2 sticks butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 small pkgs chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts
Spray a sided cookie sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, bring the sugar and evaporated milk to a boil; boil for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat; add butter and vanilla extract, stirring to melt butter. Stir in the nuts; add chocolate chips and beat until melted. Pour onto the prepared cookie sheet and chill for about an hour. Break into pieces.
For more of Linda's sweet recipes visit her blog at http://ladybugssweettreats.blogspot.com For her diabetic "sweets" visit her diabetic blog at http://diabeticenjoyingfood.blogspot.com
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Article Posted: October 4, 2011