I've gotten in the habit of making mothers day presents, as I think the thoughtfulness has double the impact.
I got this recipe idea from Nigella Lawson's Express TV series. Once mastered on timing, the results are well worth it. It did take 5 batches, and a whole bottle of golden syrup to get this right, but in the end it was worth the effort, as I had two happy mammies on Mothers Day as a result.
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 100g caster sugar
- 1.5 tsp of bicarbonate soda
- 1 250g chocolate bar
- Prepare baking paper near to the cooker , to pour the mixture onto when the time comes.
- Add the caster sugar to a saucepan
- Mix in the golden syrup
- Stir well to combine, as once the mixture is on the heat stirring is FORBIDDEN
- Put the saucepan on the heat and allow to come up to a boil, 3-4 mins. Swirling is premitted.
- This is where it got tricky for me......... When the mixture starts to smell toffee like and turns a deep golden colour, quickly add the bicarbonate soda and stir like crazy!!
- It should foam up and double in size and turn a lighter yellow shade
- Immediately pout out onto baking paper
- Allow to cool, it should harden fully within 5 to 10 mins.
- Then get a knife or a teeny little hammer and careful bash to form irregular shards of honeycomb
- Roughly break up the chocolate in a bowl over a simmering pan of water, careful not to let the bowl and water meet
- once the chocolate is melted, drop in the shards of honeycomb and mix until covered in chocolate.
- Allow to set on a cooling rack.
- I did half and half......half with chocolate and half without
Another useful use for the honeycomb is scatter it over good vanilla ice cream, yummy!!!!!
Good luck with this, even though I had read the recipe countless times, as I said it did take 5 attempts to get it right.
Now I have 11 months to figure out what to make for the next Mothers Day