Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ABBOTT HIGH'S MEXICAN PECAN CANDY

This recipe was used in home economics classes in Texas during the 1950s.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
5 large marshmallows
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces

Place the granulated and brown sugars, corn syrup, and evaporated milk in a heavy bottomed 3-quart saucepan. Stir to blend. If available, clamp a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Do not let it touch the bottom of the pan. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the syrup reaches 238 degrees on the thermometer, the soft ball stage. If a candy thermometer is not available, have ready a small cup filled with ice water. They syrup is ready when a few drops of the syrup dropped into the water forms a ball which flattens out when picked up the the fingers. Replace the water for each test. Remove the syrup from the heat. Stir in the marshmallows. Add the remaining ingredients, beating until almost cool. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper to cool and set.

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