I came up with this recipe while trying to make saltwater taffy. It turned into something completely different, but good. I know the flavors may seem like a strange combination, but it tastes great! These are sweet, textured and chewy candies that take about 15 - 20 minutes total to make.
Pandan maple almond chews: recipe
This recipe makes a small amount of candy, about 12 to 15 pieces, depending on how big you make them.
2 tbs water
1 1/2 tsp butter (room temperature) plus a little extra for greasing the cookie sheet.
4 tbs sugar
2 tbs maple syrup
2" tbs almond flour (if your store doesn't carry it, you can just put some almonds in the blender. Also, if you want your candy to have
some kick, mix in a 1/2 tsp or so ground ginger with this)
3-4 drops vanilla
3-4 drops pandan flavoring (or more, to taste. You can find this at asian food stores.)
1 drop mint flavoring (Optional. I happen to like it, but I know not everybody will. I should probably note that I've never used mint and ginger in the same batch, and I'm not sure it would go well together.)
WARNING. This recipe is not suitable for young children to attempt without adult help and supervision. Boiling sugar can cause severe burns, so be VERY CAREFUL when handling it. Use potholders when handling the dish, and wait until you are absolutely sure the sugar has cooled before attempting to handle it. If you do touch hot sugar, run the burned area under ice cold water immediately.
. Combine water, sugar and syrup in a glass (microwave safe) bowl or measuring cup.
. Combine flavorings, salt and butter in another dish and set aside.
. Microwave the sugar mixture for 2 minutes, then check the temperature with a candy thermometer. microwave again 30 seconds to 15 seconds at a time until the temperature reaches 260. Remember that sugar keeps cooking for a little bit after you remove it from the microwave, so keep a close eye on it. If you exceed this temperature, the candy will be hard and brittle, and the recipe won't work.
. Immediately mix the flavoring and butter into the sugar syrup.
. Grease the cookie tray with butter, and pour the syrup out onto it. let it sit for 10 minutes or until it's cool enough to handle.
. Once it's safe to touch, roll it into a rope and begin to pull it, fold it back onto itself and pull again until it begins to look silky and becomes slightly more difficult to pull. Add the almond flour a little bit at a time as you do this. The candy will have a grainy texture and will begin to break rather than stretch.
. Roll it out into a rope, and cut into pieces with greased scissors or a knife. roll into balls, and your candy is ready to eat! These are best eaten fresh, I haven't tried keeping them past 2 days, so they may become harder if kept longer, although I don't see any of mine lasting that long.
Other ideas: basically, without almond flour added, and pulled a little bit longer until it's very hard to pull, this recipe makes microwave taffy. Corn syrup can be used instead of maple, and you can flavor it any way you want.
Also, If you omit the butter from this recipe, and coat it in starch or rice flour as you are pulling so it doesn't stick to itself, then you
can use it to make dragon's beard, which is sort of like a hand pulled cotton candy. here's a link to a website explaining how the pulling works: [link]