Saturday, October 3, 2009
Recently, I made butterscotch, a hard toffee sweet, as gifts for various people. It was amazingly simple to do. If you feel inclined to make your own butterscotch, the recipe (from p80 of the Australian Womens Weekly Sweet book) is as follows:
2 cups caster sugar
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup glucose syrup
125g chopped unsalted butter
Grease a 19cm x 29cm baking tray, and line with baking paper so that there is a 5cm overhang all the way around.
Put all of the ingredients other than the butter into a small saucepan, and stir over a low heat until the sugar has melted. Bring the mixture to the boil, and boil uncovered for 15 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown in colour (150 degrees Celsius on a candy thermometer).
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the bubbles to subside before stirring through the butter until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared tray, allow it to stand for 10 minutes, then mark it into squares using a sharp knife in slashes reaching right to the bottom of the pan. (If the mixture runs back in to fill up the slashes, allow the mixture to stand a little longer and try again).
Allow the butterscotch to set completely at room temperature, then break it into squares along the pre-marked slashes. Wrap sweets individually in small squares of greaseproof paper.
I placed my sweets into home-labelled sweet bags for gift-giving (labels from the HP website):
I also cross-stitched on tea towels to go with each bag of sweets:
I completed my gifts by boxing them individually and labelling the boxes with a cute gift label that I downloaded from 74 Lime Lane:
I thought that these looked pretty neat!!! And if you were one of my Pay It Forward winners, one of these will be winging its way to you.
Hope you are all having a great weekend.