Where have I been?
How long have people been making candy in the microwave?
First Vanessa’s 3 minute fudge. And now Katie (of Katie Evan’s Photography) is going to share 3, yes, THREE simple microwave candy recipes for us.
Does holiday cheer get any easier?
I hope not, cause then I’ll feel guilty that I’m not making candy for the whole neighborhood.
You’ve heard me talk about Katie and her awesome Photography book before (which is on sale for the holidays!). But before we talk candy, Katie has one more little book up her sleeves. It’s a cool, small $4 quick reference guide that fits right in your camera bag, so you always have it with you. It’s called Photo Essentials: Exposure and outlines 6 easy steps for shooting–with info on Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed. Fun stocking stuffer for….you? YES.
You can buy it here.
Okay, now on to the candy….
I’m so happy Dana asked my to share my favorite Christmas sweets with you! My family is all about Christmas and making sweets is HUGE part of that. My Grandma Perkes (Dad’s Mom) made close to 200 pounds (that’s not a typo, my friends!) of hand dipped chocolates every holiday season to give away as gifts. And my parents, mainly my Dad, continues a fraction of that tradition and makes candy each year to give away to friends and neighbors.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
In a microwave safe bowl combine the peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook in the microwave for 7-8 minutes stirring once or twice. Add the butter and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from the microwave and add the baking soda stirring until mixed. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet. (I also lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper.) Have the greased cookie sheet ready before adding the soda and be sure to work quickly as the brittle sets up very quickly. When it is completely cooled break into pieces.
Microwave Chocolate Covered Toffee
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
dash of salt
2 1/2 ounces milk chocolate
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Prepare a cookie sheet lined with greased parchment paper. In a microwave safe bowl combine water, sugar, butter, and salt. Cook in the microwave for 9-11 minutes (without stirring) until the mixture is lightly browned. Sir and pour onto greased parchment paper. When completely cooled, melt chocolate and spread over the candy topping it with pecans. When the chocolate has hardened break into pieces.
and the divinity.
Microwave Peppermint Divinty
1 cup light corn syrup
dash of salt
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
Thank you Katie for sharing 3 recipes with us!
If you’re curious how to get those pretty blurred lights in the background of your shots, check out Katie’s quick tips here.
Have a great Friday!
Check out the Sweets and Treats archive page HERE.