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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lemon Drops

You might want to press play to the video below to prepare yourself for this post.

Yes, I myself was one of those lucky kids who grew up with HP.  More than a decade ago I opened a book that basically defined my childhood reading, and led to some of my favorite memories.

Checking my mailbox when I was 11 years old just hoping there was a letter inside for me (yes that was me)  Waiting in line at midnight with my dad when all the new books would come out. (No, I was not one of the people who dressed up)  Racing to finish them before people would start spilling secrets. All things that looking back I truly loved.

This summer I actually got the chance to visit Harry Potter world in Universal Studios Florida.  I really wasn't excited at all.

Ok, maybe that's stretching the truth.  I possibly was a little excited and felt like an 11-year-old kid again.

Needless to say, when I returned home and found out there was a Harry Potter cookbook on the market, I knew it had to be mine.

For those of you who haven't read the books, one of the characters, Albus Dumbledore's favorite sweet is lemon drops.  And this is where my Harry Potter cooking journey began.

Next time I make this, I will most likely either make them smaller or add lollipop sticks to them, because while they were so tasty, at this size they were hard to eat without a stick.

All in all these drops are great, and until I get that letter that got lost in the mail a decade or so ago, they'll just have to do ;)

Lemon Drops
Servings: 30-40

1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp lemon extract
yellow food coloring

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to bubble.  Clip a candy thermometer to pan.  Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 300 degrees F.  Remove pan from heat.  Stir in lemon extract and a few drops of food coloring.  When bubbling has subsided, use an oiled teaspoon to drop small droplets of mixture onto prepared sheet.  Continue with mixture until desired number of lemon drops have been achieved.  Store candies at room temperature wrapped individually with parchment paper.

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