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    Default Holidays cooking/baking

    Our family tradition is to make lots of candy and give it away..
    What is your Tradition and would you please share pictures and recipes?
    It would be nice to have the story behind certain food Traditions if you would like to share..
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    here is some pictures of making some candy....
    carmels and English Toffee..









    Carmels
    6 Cups Granulated Sugar
    2 cups Corn syrup
    2 cups Butter
    2 pints Heavy whipping cream
    put this in a large pan and with low heat stir it together and melt the butter, then turn the heat to medium and let cook for about 30 minutes at a low boil until the temp reaches 230 degrees.
    Then slowly pour in 2 cups Evaporated milk making sure it remains at a steady boil..
    now you are going to stay with the candy stiring it constantly,, making sure you don't let the bottom get to hot and burn the candy..
    when the candy reaches about 235 degrees, slowly add Nuts if you like.. I add about 5 cups of half walnuts..
    continue to stir under medium heat until mixture reaches 242 degrees..
    remove from heat and add 2 caps of vanilla...
    pour mixture immediatly into a 1/2 sheet buttered pan..
    let it cool slowly ( do not put in refrigerator )
    it will take several hours to cool so you can cut it nicely with a knife.
    you can wrap these with cello wraps, or dip in chocolate..
    ,,,
    English Toffee..

    2 cups Butter
    2 cups gran sugar
    1/3 cup water
    2 tablespoons Corn syrup
    put in medium pot and melt butter and sugars, then bring to on medium heat.. no need to stir for a while...
    When you see the temp get to around 230 degrees, you need to tend the candy by gently stirring to make sure it does not scorch in the pan..
    when the candy gets to 295 degrees, and is a deep carmel color,,,
    pour onto a buttered sheet pan,,,
    spread it out with a spat and then sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the hot glass like candy.... in a couple of minutes the chocolate will be melted enough to spread out with a spat.. after you have covered the candy with an even layer of chocolate.. sprinkle some toasted slivered Almonds over the chocolate..
    put the candy in a cool area.. ( not the fridge though )
    it will set up in about a half hour or less..
    after the chocolate is set firm.. you can bust it in to bit size pieces..
    enjoy..
    Max
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    Default Holiday Leftovers

    This is for a turkey/chicken/other bird

    dice bird leftovers
    mix 1 to 1 with cream cheese
    roll out 2 crescent rolls flat
    put in mix of bird/cream cheese (1/2 to 1/4 fist size) and roll edges
    drunk packet into butter
    roll packet with Italian bread crumbs

    bake at 325 degree for 20-25 minutes till golden brown on outside
    serve with sour cream or cheese sauce.

    enjoy.

    Ron

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    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for posting your recipe for English Toffee.
    We might want to consider having this thread moved to the Pantry Section, though.
    I just discovered a series of wonderful recipes, too. (For Holiday candies)
    I'll post them when I have an opportunity.

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    Default Whoa!

    Thanks, Max! I'm gonna try the toffee today!

    I moved this to the pantry section, hope you don't mind!

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    Thanks for moving this thread here, I was getting confused going back and forth adding these to my recipe folder...old age I guess

    Question? In the carmel recipe you mentioned heavy whipping cream then later said evaporated milk...which one or does it make a difference? Or am I confused again

    We will try both recipes if my kids remember to get the right ingredients at while shopping before they fly home in a couple of days. It all looks so good!

    I am sure my kids are going to gobble it up and there won't be any leftover for sending to family and friends. Sorry family and friends, maybe next year I will be able to make extra.

    Thanks again,
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    I hope that there are more recipes to add to this thread.

    Max,
    Do you ever do anything with White Chocolate?
    If you do, could you post it? I'd like to make more things with white choc.

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    Default Carmels two Milks..

    Yes Grandma.. I use both the heavy whipping cream and the Canned milk..
    What I do is put he whipping cream in with the sugars and Butter in the first stage..
    then after the carmel comes up to temp,,then I add the Canned milk slowly constantly stiring the bottom of the pot to make sure I don't scorch the milks...
    One thing I have found is that if you go above 242 in temp on the finished product, it gets a bit tough to chew on,,
    so if you get to 240 or so,, that will make a little softer carmel..
    Max
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskacanoe View Post
    Yes Grandma.. I use both the heavy whipping cream and the Canned milk..
    What I do is put he whipping cream in with the sugars and Butter in the first stage..
    then after the carmel comes up to temp,,then I add the Canned milk slowly constantly stiring the bottom of the pot to make sure I don't scorch the milks...
    One thing I have found is that if you go above 242 in temp on the finished product, it gets a bit tough to chew on,,
    so if you get to 240 or so,, that will make a little softer carmel..
    Max
    Okie doke, thanks for the clarification on that. I am looking forward to giving it a try.

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    Here is an easy one.
    carmel marshmello balls.
    Melt a bag of carmels in a double boiler. Then take a marshmello and quickly roll it in carmell then throw it in a bowl of rice crispies. You must be fairly quick about this because you don't want the marshmello to melt. Roll the carmel marshmello ball in the rice crispies till it is covered.
    Then set them on a piece of wax paper to cool.

    My family has made these for years. I don't know where it came from.

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    Default Marshmallows

    Melt a bag of carmels in a double boiler. Then take a marshmello and quickly roll it in carmell then throw it in a bowl of rice crispies.
    Are the Marshmallows the biggies or the mini's?
    these sound great..
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    We use the full size ones. The minis might work though.
    they are very good.

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    That does sound good. A nice and different twist than those rice crispie treat bars we used to make when the kids were little. Might have to give that one a try when the kids are home for the holiday break too....

    Thanks for sharing,
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    Around holiday time when my son needs to bring goodies for the class, he always asks me to make these. Just plain ole brownie mix, put mix in mini muffin cups and before baking place a mini peanut butter cup inside each one. Easy and very chocolatey. Good way to get your kids in the kitchen, I make him separate the muffin cups and also unwrap all those peanut butter cups and place them in the brownie mixture. Remember to leave out some peanut butter cups for the kiddos that have peanut allergies.
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    Thumbs up Peanut butter and chocolate

    for some reason,,, those two just go together and to add the brownie to the whole thing is gonna make me smile,, let alone the kids,.,,
    I love stuff with peanut butter in it,, and I like peanuts too..'
    It is too bad that some kids have such a reaction to peanuts..
    I never heard of it when I was a kid..
    Not sure if the Allergy is a new thing,,, or if the kids just died of the allergy when I was a youngster,, but Its for real << I know,,,
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    Default Christmas trays completed

    so we have all of our candy and cookies made now and put the trays together tonight,, we finally got done about midnight,,,
    we make everything on the trays ourselves,, except for the pepermint candy canes...
    here is the list of items we put on this years tray..

    Peanut brittle
    Cashew brittle
    English toffee
    Chocolate carmel dipped in chocolate
    milk carmels wrapped
    Milk carmels dipped in chocolate
    Homemade butter fingers
    Almond bark in white chocolate
    Pepermint bark
    Pistachio candied
    Homemade almond joys
    Homemade Mounds
    Divinity
    Turtles (carmel pecan)
    walnut carmels dipped in milk chocolate
    sugar cookies dipped in icing and decorated
    White Chocolate Carmel cinnamon apples

    We ended up with 42 give away trays, and tomorrow we will head out to deliver them to the families on our list.

    Here are a few pictures of the trays.





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    Alaskacanoe

    Those look great. I can just imagine the families with children. They could run on one of those trays for days. They will probably still be awake come New Years!!
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    Wow! How does one go about getting on that list?

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    Nice job Max, that looks great!

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    Impressive! Yea, how does one get on that list?
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    Default the list

    all you gotta do is tell me you want in on it and stop by my place here in Sterling, or if you live near by.. I can drop one off..
    This year, my wife and I called everyone on the list that lives in Slowdotna area, and told them to meet us at the church parking lot on sunday at 1 pm..
    we gave out about 30 of them that way..
    the others we dropped off..
    we have some older folks that we would not expect to drive in for them..
    We do the cookies all in one day on saturday ( 230 to decorate) so they are fresh and moist sugar cookies... then sunday before Christmas we try to get them all out..
    We are always happy to get a new family on the list..
    MikeRMK from Kenai posted above,,and he should get one for sure.. His father and I worked together for many years,, and Mack and Ellen his parents recieved the trays up until they moved outside last year..
    anyway.. ,,
    I will tell you one reason we do this every year... one reason I love doing it is because for 26 years I was a Baker/pastry chef/ cooking chef..
    my father made Christmas candy when I was growing up.. he always gave away hundreds of pounds of his homemade carmels and brittles each year..
    He would invite folks over to his home and then he would make candy.. they would stay for a few hours as he made the carmels ..he would add nuts or not as they desired..
    This was the way he got to visit with old and new friends alike..
    I would like to set up my garage next year so I could start doing it like my father did... have folks come over and bring the kids if they have any.. and hang out.. eat and snack play some ping pong or other games and then send them home with some great treats that they can then pass along to others...
    So any of you that would like to come next season and spend an afternoon or evening you would be welcome...
    My father always said .. " a man never has enough friends"
    I think he is a wise man..
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