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Honey Bee Candy Board | Bee Fondant Recipe

Equipment needed:
  • Pot (I use a 21.5 quarts canning pot)
  • Drill with metal plaster stirrer attachment (optional UNLESS you use the quick-set method)
  • Cooking or candy thermometer
  • Scale
  • Gloves
  • Bee candy board forms | bee fondant forms
  • A wooden spoon | spatula to fill the forms and pat the mixture into shape
Ingredients needed:
  • 4 parts by weight sugar (I start with 15 lbs.)
  • 1 part by weight water (3 lbs. and 12 oz.)
  • 1/4 tsp. vinegar for each pound of sugar (1 Tbsp. and 3/4 tsp.)
  • Pollen or dry pollen substitute (optional, I use about a handful for each form)
Additional ingredients for the quick-set method:
  • 4 parts by weight sugar (I use 15 lbs.)
 
Preparation
  1. Mix together 4 parts sugar, 1 part water and the vinegar into the pot and set it on high.
  2. Once the mixture starts boiling, start checking the temperature. We are aiming for the soft-ball candy stage or 242F.
  3. You are done once the mixture reaches 242F. Turn off the heat. The mixture is ready to pour when it cools down to about 180F.
  4. If you don't want to wait, you can proceed with the quick-set method:
  5. This sets very quickly! Make sure you have your power stirer, your spoon | spatula, your forms, the pollen, your gloves and the extra sugar set out.
  6. Put the gloves on and carefully take the pot next to your forms.
  7. Make sure you have your spoon | spatula, your mixer and the pollen | pollen substitute ready.
  8. Dump the extra sugar into the mixture, mix it thoroughly and spread it into the forms. Add the pollen | pollen substitute and tap it in.
 
For more details and video of the process, make sure to visit my blog, Maria's Bees at: http://www.donnellyfarmsohio.com/2013/11/fall-inspections-bee-candy-boards-and.html
 

©Maria Donnelly, http://www.donnellyfarmsohio.com

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