I’ve been promising for a while now to make my father some honeycomb. It’s one of his favourite things but I was getting cold feet because of sugar temperature and the like.
Today I made more than one batch of honeycomb trying to get the recipe right, and I am ashamed to admit that I do not have a proper candy thermometer so I used an old meat thermometer I found combined with a clothes peg. Lets just say it did not go well the first couple tries!
Some notes before the recipe:
Please use a proper thermometer, it will save you time and ingredients. (I do speak from experience)
The golden syrup I used can be exchanged with agave, maple or corn syrup.
Don’t walk away from the pot, sugar is much like and avocado, turn your back for a second and it’s inedible.
Use a bigger pot than you think you’ll need. It does puff up quite a lot and it’s better to have used a bigger pot than have used a smaller one and got sugar all over your stove.
What you’ll need:
Baking tray or cake pan sprayed with some non-stick spray
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
4 TBS golden syrup
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Line your chosen pan with some non-stick spray or baking paper and spray if you want to save on washing.
In a medium to large saucepan add the sugar, syrup and water. Give it a little shake to settle it.
Place pot over highish heat and watch it bubble. Do not stir it. It’s tempting but don’t do it.
Cook for about 8 minutes. The sugar solution should be golden brown and be a temperature of 149 degrees delicious (or 300F). This is where it’s important to have a proper thermometer. One of my failed batches I just took the sugar too far and the smell of burnt sugar is hard to get rid of.
When your sugar is at the right temp, remove from heat and let the bubbles settle for about 30 seconds.
Throw in the bicarb and whisk vigorously until combined, pour straight into your lined pan. This step is where it puffs up and develops it’s honeycomb effect.
Now you wait until the honeycomb has cooled. Break into pieces and eat as is or dip in some melted dark chocolate.
If you try my honeycomb drop me a message and let me know how it turned out for you!
Thanks for reading and health and happiness to all of you.