Dec 17, 2012

Hokey Pokey

Hokey pokey...
Cinder toffee...
Sponge toffee....
Sea foam
   You can call this toffee by any name you wish... But you must must must try this simple toffee which is light with sponge like texture and melts in your mouth... It just requires three ingredients and you are ready to please any kid who walks in to your home..
       You need sugar, some golden syrup/ corn syrup/ glucose and baking soda to whip up this golden magic. The thermal decomposition of the baking soda releases carbon dioxide. The lattice structure is formed while the sugar is liquid, then the toffee sets hard.
                       Just sprinkle on your vanilla ice cream to taste the famous Hokey Pokey ice cream from New Zealand.
Source:Nigella Lawson's How to be a domestic goddess

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • Measure the baking soda and sift it before you start the recipe. you surly do not want clumps of baking soapy soda in your toffee.
  • Put the sugar and syrup in a saucepan, a saucepan which larger as the syrup sizzles up almost thrice the volume at the last stage. Stir the syrup and sugar just once after you place it on the gas stove.
  • The mixture first melts, then starts turning gooey and then starts bubbling and turning to golden amber color. It took me about 2 min for that stage to reach. Do not stir the mixture at all. If you feel teh edges are turning brown you can swirl the pan. Stirring is not recommended, but swirling is permitted... Now that's how Nigella puts it and I could'nt resist jotting it down.
  • Now switch off the heat and add the baking soda and whisk it up and you will see the mixture foaming up and forming gold cloud. Pour this mixture on a parchement paper or silicon mat.
  • Leave to rest for 15-20 min allowing the candy to harden.
    Don't spread the mixture after you pour it on the parchment - just pour it and leave it.

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    Don't spread the mixture after you pour it on the parchment - just pour it and leave it.

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                             Bash the candy to get glittering golden pieces of Hokey Pokey candy.. drizzle these pieces over the vanilla ice cream and enjoy New Zealand style Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, that is if you have some leftovers after you put one in your mouth to just taste them....

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