Honeycomb – Great British Bake-off

I remember watching Urvashi make honeycomb in series 2 of the Great British Bake-off and she made it look so easy I thought I’d have a try on Aidan’s sweet making birthday party (we also tried a couple of fudge recipes I’ll do as a separate post). Humm it really didn’t work as well but tasted good so I will try (and try) again until I get it.

Ingredients

  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 500ml runny honey
  • 1 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar, honey glucose and 3.5 tbsp water into a pan.
  2. Bring to the boil and boil until a sugar thermometer reaches 150degrees C (it should be a light caramel colour).
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add bicarbonate of soda whisking it in.
  4. Pour the mixture onto a lined baking sheet and leave to cool and set.

Aidan’s friend Conor who was helping said they had tried doing it at home and that temperature was really important, too hot and it tasted bitter/burnt, too cool and it was too chewy. With that in mind we were really careful with the temperature.

So what went wrong ? Mine ended up with a thin layer of glass like sweet topped by a thin layer of almost honeycomb. The bicarb clumped (it was a bit past it use by date) so I didn’t get the right degree of fizz.

I did some trouble shooting for advice and found others mention similar problem but not really any answers other than keep trying. I think I was too worried about the need to pour it into the tray quickly that I didn’t mix in the bicarb enough (and clumpy bicarb didn’t help). And looking at other recipes I’m not convinced there was enough bicarb. I’ll just have to practise…

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