Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Crack, sweet crack

Today Tiger learned how to cook crack.

Here she is, writing up how to do it, for the future benefit of her children.


For those readers about to call up Social Services, you may be relieved to learn that crack is the name of sugar boiled to around 150C. Drop the boiled sugar into a bowl of cold water and then drag it out with your fingertips. At crack stage, the sugar will harden quickly, and snap.

Crack makes the following delightful confections.

Raisin drops


Coconut crunchies


Raspberry toffees


Cooking crack also teaches us that when we thought we were inventing something new, we discover granny knew it first.

1lb sugar, 1/3 pt water, 1 1/2 oz butter, 2tbsp golden syrup, 1tsp vinegar. Boil all ingredients together. Test for crack by dropping into a bowl of cold water, watching, and feeling the result. We added flavourings at the end.

8 comments:

Brad said...

You had me going there for a second. What? some kind of science lesson gone bad....

Looks like good messy fun - and that pic! what an adorable face.

Maggie May said...

Yes I remember that & it is great for getting rid of dental fillings!

OvaGirl said...

Mmmm and wholesome too. Have you made the honeycomb thing with the boiled golden syrup and the teaspoon of bicarb and all the froth and hoo-hah that comes from that...?

sharon said...

Make sure she adds 'phone dentist for appointment' to the end of the instructions. My sister actually BROKE a tooth on a piece of that stuff at school. Fortunately dental treatment for kids was still free in those days! That aside, making sweets is fun, coconut ice, peppermint creams and marzipan shapes anyone?

Kitty said...

I didn't know it was called Crack - but it sounds like a lot of fun. Might try that one in the summer holidays - thanks! x

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Angela said...

Mmmmm....looks yummy!

Grit said...

thanks to the teeth issue i did put off making this for some time - last year we made the same and lots more as part of a geology project but then it didn't get eaten, because we do not eat granite, mica, pumice and quartz. ;)