Saturday, 26 January 2008

Beetroot Candy

Yesterday we made beetroot candy; quite a fun experiment. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing (as usual), just started out with an idea that seemed like a good one.
Littletree was hassling for some 'sukariyot' (sweeties), and I wasn't super keen on the amounts of food colouring and flavourings and whatnots.

So! I took one beetroot, and chopped it up.
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cooked it in water for a whiles
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Then strained out the beet chunks and put in about a cup of unrefined organic sugar
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I cooked it a while, and added some lemon juice. I'm not really sure why the lemon, but there was half a lemon left over from lunch, and it just seemed to make sense. anyway, it made the flavour a bit tangy and cut the sweetness.
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Then I just stirred and simmered it for ages
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Eventually it got all bubbly and thick. It was fun to play with, and the colour was spectacular.
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Then it started to thicken, like a witches brew :)
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I think I cooked it for about 30 seconds too long; it started to caramelise so fast, and Littletree managed to burn her finger right at that moment. Anyway, it didn't quite burn, but it got a bit brown. still tasty though. I poured it into star-shaped moulds, and paper patty cake cups to set. It got really stretchy, and Littletree spent ages pulling strings and eating the floss.
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Here you have the finished product:
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A successful experiment :D

6 comments:

  1. Looks absolutely wonderful!

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  2. Beets have the best coloring! If you have some apple cider vinegar and olive oil, toss it on the beet chunks and serve with goat cheese and toasted pecans. Deelish!!

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  3. Wow...I love trying new thigns, but am hopeless at inventing them for myself. How very cool :0)

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