Every year I do a little Easter egg hunt for Alberto, hiding treats around the flat with a series of written clues. He’s not a massive fan of chocolate though do I try to throw in some chewy sweets and stuff – he’s particularly fond of chewy fried eggs. This year I decided to make some home made honeycomb for him. I’ve been meaning to do this for absolutely ages as my ex-colleague Emma used to make it and passed the recipe on to me. (Hello Emma!) It’s absolutely delicious and really easy to make. Dipping it in melted chocolate is bloody messy though!
This recipe made enough mixture to fill a medium sized, rectangular baking tray. That actually makes quite a lot of honeycomb!
Butter, for greasing the baking tray
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
200g of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
Butter the baking tray and line with greaseproof paper.
In a large saucepan, heat the golden syrup and caster sugar until the sugar has melted.
Increase the heat and boil until it becomes a dark caramel, stirring frequently. (and carefully – you don’t want to get splashed with boiling sugary syrup!)
Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 2 minutes.
Add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk like mad – again the bubbles will be extremely hot, so be careful not to splash it.
Quickly pour into the tray to set.
It will set and cool fairly quickly. Once it has cooled and set twist the baking tray to crack the honeycomb and lift it out by the greaseproof paper.
I broke it into irregular bite-sized chunks, handy to pop into a gift bag. Its quite sticky to the touch and the act of breaking it up does make a lot of honeycomb dust and crumbs.
I then melted some dark chocolate – about a bar and a half of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference dark chocolate – and dipped the pieces in the chocolate, setting them on a piece of greaseproof paper to dry – it does help to pop the pieces in the fridge until the chocolate dries. The whole procedure of dipping the pieces in the chocolate is incredibly messy. Fun and tasty, but very messy.
The results were very tasty though and the crisp, chewy, sticky honeycomb was well received by the boys!