Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Treat Day Wednesday–Homemade Cherry Licorice Ropes & Giveaway


This week’s treat comes via my friend Kate.  She posted a link to a Gluten Free website called Gluten Free on a Shoestring.  What a wonderful site!  I know several people who can’t do gluten so I have had to create some gluten free recipes.  But what caught my eye was the post for GF Red Cherry Licorice.  I was sold!  I knew what my treat day treat had to be.

Now first off, I didn’t make these gluten free.  I did follow the recipe but just used regular unbleached flour. I also made this recipe twice and I’ll tell you why.  On my first go, I don’t think I boiled the sugar enough, after it came out of the fridge it softened way to much.  However, the taste was delish.  I didn’t have Lyle’s Golden syrup so I used honey.  Recipe can be found here.

So first off, this tastes exactly like twizzlers, however it didn’t have the right texture.  After I made them I read a couple other recipes and this one’s max temperature for the sugar is 240F, others were about 265F.  This is what happens when it sits at room temperature for a bit, it kind of melts together.


So take two was needed.  This time I used Lyle’s Golden syrup and boiled the sugar to hard ball stage.  We now had a firmer texture and great flavour (I did like the honey better) but alas it wasn’t a twizzler.

Now don’t get me wrong, these were delicious.  Super tasty but not what I love about licorice.  Would I make this again, you bet.  I’m actually taking the remaining ropes to a party tonight.


I’m also celebrating today!  I hit 3500 fans on my FB page and so decided to give away my stash.  Hi my name is Karen and I have a baking shopping problem.  If I see it, I buy it thinking I’ll use it and then forget it’s there.  So when I cleaned out my cabinets I found some great stuff, never opened, never used.  And I’m giving it away!


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So Thank you so much for being apart of my life, it’s made it much richer for sure!

Thanks for looking!

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