I love cotton candy. I remember going to an amusement park with my family when I was young. We got this HUGE thing of pink cotton candy. It is one of things that I always long for at fairs and theme parks. So, in the spirit of State Fair’s across America, I bring you homemade cotton candy from the awesome cook book, SugarBaby by Gesine Bullock-Prado. Just a warning, this treat will not be quite as light and fluffy as carnival cotton candy, but it is the closest you will get in your own kitchen.
(I am giving you the full recipe. It makes 8 cotton candies. However, I just halved it because I didn’t want to use up that much sugar and corn syrup).
Sugar 800 grams/4 cups
Corn syrup 240 ml/1 cup
Water 40 m/1 cup
Salt 1.5 grams/1/4 teaspoon
Raspberry extract (0r any flavor you like) 5 ml/1 teaspoon
pink (or any other color) food coloring (optional) 2 drops
You also might need: Candy Thermometer & pastry brush or basting brush
1. In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir until the sugar is melted. With a damp pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pan to prevent stray sugar crystals from forming.
2. Clip on a candy thermometer, stop stirring, and heat to 320F (160C). Pour the molten liquid into a shallow heatproof container. Add the extract and food coloring (if using) and stir well.
3. Line your work table with parchment. I also spread parchment on the floor around the table to catch any stray bits of flying sugar.
4. Dip your decapitated whisk into the sugar syrup and hold it over the pot to let the sugar drip back into the container for a second. Holding the whisk a foot (30 cm) above the parchment, swing the whisk back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall on the paper. Repeat this a few more times until you have a nice nest of spun sugar.
5. Immediately wrap the cotton candy around large lollipop sticks (if you wait too long, the sugar will become brittle and won't bend around the stick). Eat immediately or seal in air-tight containers - any moisture will make the cotton candy soggy.
Posted on Wed, July 18, 2012
by Ms. Dolphina filed under