Last night I had just finished dinner and was craving something sweet. I didn’t want to crack open a new bar of chocolate as I knew I would eat the lot so I decided to make honeycomb instead. A sure fire way to satisfy those sweet cravings.
The great thing about honeycomb is that it takes 5 minutes to make and its absolutely divine. It is so easy to make and its quite fun too! Especially when the bicarbonate of soda is added to the sugar mix and there is an explosion of bubbles which gives it its aerated appearance.
100g/4oz caster sugar
4 x 15ml tablespoons golden syrup
11/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda, sifted
Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan (make sure you use a pan which has high sides as the mixture triples in height very quickly) and stir together to mix. You shouldn’t stir once the pan’s on the heat, though.
Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt, then turn to goo and then to a bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup – this will take 3 minutes or so.
Take the pan off the heat, and add the sifted bicarbonate of soda, stirring to combine. Then watch the syrup bubble up and turn into a lovely gold colour.
When the mixture is approaching the top of the saucepan turn it onto a piece of baking parchment. There’s no need to smooth the mix out – it’s best that you just leave it.
Leave until set – it will drop down as it cools – then bash it so that it splinters into pieces.
It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or you can blitz it in a food processor and serve crumbled on top of ice cream or on top of a pudding. Or you can dunk the pieces into chocolate, like a Crunchie bar.
Be warned though…your dentist won’t be happy!
One word, YUM!