|Light corn syrup|
Last week, I was craving for a coffee crunch cake. I'm not quite sure where I have tasted one. Eeek. So I tried scouring the internet for a recipe. It was a bit hard to look for one because it seems that there are several terms for it - honeycomb crunch/crunchies/candy, toffee crisp, butter and honeycomb crunch. Good thing I was being patient that day and I found the easiest recipe to follow.
- 100 grams sugar (I used caster sugar)
- Golden Syrup (I used light corn syrup and a bit of maple syrup)
- 1 tsp baking soda (I suggest to use 1/2-3/4, and make sure to sift it)
- cold water (to test a "hard crack")
- shallow bowl with parchment paper
How to do it:
1. In a saucepan, mix the sugar with syrup. No definite amount, according to the recipe. Try to get as much as you can by twirling the fork. Do this twice. Mix the sugar and syrup before bringing to a slow boil.
|Sugar mixed with corn syrup|
|Bring to low heat|
2. After a few minutes, this is how your sugar will look like the photo below. Try to stir the mixture with the fork to make sure everything melts evenly.
|After a few minutes|
|Sugar will slowly change color|
|Until it turns brown|
3. Once you notice that the all the sugars have dissolved, test a hard crack. Dip the other end of a teaspoon in to the sugar and dip into the cold water. If you hear a crack while it cools, it means you're good to go. Or bite the hardened syrup (which I did heh!) and if you get a crack on the first bite, that means the syrup is set for the next step. Quickly remove the pan from the heat.
|Test if the syrup has a "hard crack"|
4. Mix the baking soda into the syrup. Stir it as fast as you can as the candy would quickly harden. And while you do this, move nearer to the bowl with the parchment paper.
|Sift the baking soda|
|Mix the baking soda quickly|
|Stir well to incorporate everything|
|Carefully pour into prepared bowl|
6. Let it cool for an hour or so. Fill the pan with water and let it stand for an hour before scrubbing it clean.
|Use parchment paper to avoid having the honeycomb stick|
|Let honeycomb sit for at least an hour or so|
7. Crack the candy and use them for cake or cupcake toppings. Store in a covered container in the fridge to prevent it from going sticky.
|Crack with something hard - a knife or spoon|
|Now you can use this for a Coffee Crunch Cake!|
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