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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Horehound


This is an herb that isn't very picky about the type of soil it grows in. If you plan to grow your own, be careful it can take over an area.

Horehound is great for teas, cough syrup and candy. It is a little bitter in taste, some people love that and others don't, just add a whole lot of sugar.


recipe to make your own candy;

2 cups fresh horehound, leaves, stems and flowers (or 1 cup dried)
2 1/2 quarts water
3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. lemon juice (or 1 sprig lemon balm)

Using a large saucepan, cover horehound with water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth and allow tea to settle. Ladle 2 cups of the horehound tea into large heavy pot. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar. Boil, stir often, until mixture reaches 240 F. Add the butter. Continue to boil until candy reaches 300F (hard crack). Remove from heat, add lemon juice {or lemon balm tea}. Pour at once into buttered 8" square pan. As candy cools, score into squares. Remove from pan as soon as it is cool. Store in an air tight container.

4 comments:

Marina said...

I've heard of this, but can't remember if it was from Little House or Caddie Woodlawn.

Merry said...

My grade eight home ec curriculum was supposed to teach us how to cook various healthy meals. We spent the whole semester learning how to make cakes, cookies and candies. Then for our last session before our final, my class and I was expected to turn out a perfect Christmas turkey dinner.

I think that this must be the only candy recipe out there that we didn't cover in home ec.

Phelan said...

I don't remember it in little house

merry, what kind of home ec teacher doesn't cover a classic like horehound candies!

Merry said...

What kind of home ec teacher? Um one who only washed her hair once every two weeks, and had fingernails 4 inches long (that she used contact cement to reattach if they broke!). How she expected us to go from anise candy to honking huge turkey, I don't know.

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