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Honey ONLY candy?

maabso May 20, 2012 09:39 AM

Is it possible to make candy with honey as the only ingredient? I really want to try this but I'm not sure how! I'm envisioning it being a hard-ish type of 'drop'. Any ideas?

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  1. chefj RE: maabso May 20, 2012 09:43 AM

    It is done in Europe in many countries France, Italy and Spain come to mind.
    Here is a link to a french version http://frenchfood.about.com/od/desser...

    1. chefj RE: maabso May 20, 2012 09:44 AM

      Just skip the nuts if you must.

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        maabso RE: chefj May 20, 2012 11:51 AM

        Thanks for the link! I guess the mouth-feel I had in mind lent itself more to the 'crystallized' or 'solidified' honey texture rather than a nougat. Do you think altering this recipe can yield those results?

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          chefj RE: maabso May 20, 2012 12:34 PM

          It does that naturally as the water evaporates out of it.
          If you reduce the honey so that the sugar content of the super saturated solution is higher, it should naturally crystallize as it cools and the glucose separates out, but I think you would have to cool it in molds to get a lozenge. Whether you will end up with a solid enough form I do not know.

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            maabso RE: chefj May 20, 2012 01:04 PM

            This makes a lot of sense. I'm looking forward to trying this method! Thank you!

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        Isolda RE: maabso May 20, 2012 11:58 AM

        Medieval gingerbread, in spite of its name, is actually a type of candy made by boiling whole grain bread crumbs (made from good bread) in honey, then seasoning with ground ginger and cloves. It's very chewy and deliciously spicy. Roll it into balls and roll these in powdered sugar (not authentic, but really good).

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          maabso RE: Isolda May 20, 2012 01:05 PM

          Wow, sounds interesting! I wanted to make something with honey as the only ingredient, but this just gives me another way to use it :o) Thank you!

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