Best Holiday Recipes
Ok, you've all got some really special recipe that you have to make every December for sentimental or 'on demand' reasons. I've been making candy all week (to give away after I've quality tested it :)
This is the best penuche recipe I've ever found. It's from a 1983 Better Homes and Gardens Holiday edition. Most penuche is way too sweet. This one has coffee in it, so it's just right.
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup milk
Dash of salt
1 TBL light corn syrup
1 TBL instant coffee
Butter sides of two quart sauce pan, clip on a candy thermometer and add the above ingredients. Stir over medium heat until everything is disolved. Start watching the thermometer when the mixture begins to bubble. You want it to get up to 234F, but you don't want it to boil over.
When it gets to 234F, remove from heat and add 2 TBL of butter. Let sit until temp reduces to 110, and bottom of pan should feel just comfortably warm. Then add 1 tsp of vanilla, and beat with wooden spoon until it looses it's gloss and is getting too thick to beat. Pour into buttered 5"9" (loaf) pan and score into squares. Cut completely when it's cooled.