Day Ten

Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Candy making days are over.  It was a really fun week!  I had no idea I liked making candy so much.  We made lollipops on Friday.  I made apple cinnamon pops and dyed them green, and Melina made raspberry-orange pops.  I wish I could have made caramel apple pops.  Those are the best.

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The most challenging part of the week (for me) was making candy out of pulled sugar.  I didn’t quite get the hang of it and want to practice on this more.  We made a hot syrup, poured it on a Silpat, and then kneaded it until it cooled down.  Then we had to stretch the sugar out three times, roll it, and repeat the process.  We used this heat lamp if the sugar cooled down too much, and placed unused pieces in a hat.  When we couldn’t roll the sugar any more, we stretched it out and snipped it into candy pieces.

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The more you stretch and roll, the more sheen you develop.  This is my strawberry-lime candy.

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These are the French pralines I was telling you about.  They’re toasted almonds covered in layers and layers of sugar syrup, and dried in the oven.  I have a feeling everyone I know is getting homemade candy for Christmas.

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These are the salted pecan caramels I made.  Yummm.  I think making caramels was my favorite part of this week.  Maybe I’ll start my own caramel business…

I just thought of something.  I could make caramel apple pops with these!

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Raspberry heart gummies made with real raspberries!  Best gummies I’ve ever eaten.

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All I’ve eaten today has been sugar.  I’m serious.  I feel great, though.  Full of energy.

What to do with so much candy?  I can’t freeze it.

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Our chef these past two weeks, Della Gossett, has been absolutely amazing.  She prepared a candy buffet with all of the candy she’s made this week in her demos. 

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She’s been one of the best instructors I’ve ever had.  I admire her so much!

Thanks for following along this week!  Can you guess what we’re making next week?
23 comments on "Day Ten"
  1. I honestly feel myself slipping into a sugar coma just looking at the pics. I am intrigued by raspberry gummies--gelatin?

    1. Angela, they're made with agar-agar. So they're vegan!

  2. This is great! Candy making looks fun. I'm so happy for you that you're in pastry school! Good job. :) And I'm still following your blog!

  3. You can't freeze most of the candy, but those amazing looking caramels would freeze quite well I think.

  4. Amazing! It is fun to read about what you are learning daily. The candy is so beautiful, and I am sure it tastes good, too!

  5. Fascinating! My guess is yeasted dough pastries ?

  6. Great! Thanks for all the recaps you are making of your pastry school experience, this is great!

  7. Your lollipops are beautiful! Do you think you'll be tempted to do any candy recipes for the blog? I'd love to try those raspberry gummies, they look delish.

    P.S. What is that mat/board that you pipe/dry/lay everything on? I've never seen anything like it before.

    1. Thank you! I will definitely be making some candy on my blog in the future. I had so much fun with it!

      We pipe on a Silpat. You must get one!

  8. Oh my goodness I want some of that strawberry lime candy!! How the heck do I get on your freaking Christmas list?!?!?!!!! I knew I should have emailed you when I lived in Missouri! LOL!!

    Everything looks and sounds great! Hmmmm...bread next week?? Chocolate??? I don't know but I can't wait to find out!

    1. Yes you should have! :) You can be on my Christmas list.

  9. I can't believe you made that candy!!! Amazing!

  10. wow! all your candies are so beautiful. everything looks so damn good!

  11. I've been away and haven't been able to keep up with your cooking school adventures. A little insomnia is helping me with that! What gorgeous candy. You obviously had a lot of fun with that.

  12. I can't believe you've been blogging every day! What an adventure - all the candy is making my mouth water :)

  13. Whoa how do I sign up for those pralines?? ;) Looks like you're having a blast! I think my schedule will slow down closer to September.. then maybe we can actually get together and do dinner!

  14. I want to try all of these! I have always wanted to pull learn how to make those glassy sugar pieces!