Another thought (an add on to 1/30/2012 post) for V-Day sweets

from The Smart Cookie Cook (blog)

Earlier I posted a recipe for Ooey Gooey Hearts.  Here is another delightful treat you can make yourself.  Absolutely nothing says love like homemade treats

 

You can watch a video even!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWmWqpRXJY4

Homemade Conversation Hearts

Recipe by Cakespy

Ingredients:

yield: about 70-100 conversation hearts

  • 1 packet (1/4 ounces, or 2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 pounds (one bag) confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting your work surface
  • Assorted flavoring extracts of your choice (I used almond extract, vanilla, and raspberry)
  • Assorted food colors, your choice
  • Small heart-shaped cutters
  • Food coloring markers (I used Wilton Foodwriters)

Directions:

  1. Place the corn syrup, gelatin, and water in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the gelatin is well-distributed. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, so the gelatin dissolves, and stir well. (Or, you can do this stove-top over low heat).

  2. Pour the gelatin mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add one cup of confectioners’ sugar and turn the mixer to low, mixing until the sugar is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that the sugar all gets mixed in.

  3. Continue to add the remaining confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well, until all of the 2 pounds is added. While you’re mixing, periodically stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Continue mixing at low to medium-low speed until it progresses from a thin, watery liquid to a glaze-like texture to an extremely thick dough.

  4. Once all of the sugar is incorporated and your mixture is thickened, dust a work surface with some of your confectioners’ sugar and scrape the candy out onto the work surface. The candy will be very sticky and stiff. Generously dust the top of the ball of candy with confectioners’ sugar, and begin to knead the candy like bread dough, folding the ball of dough over onto itself, then use the heel of your hand to push it down. Give the candy a quarter-turn, and repeat the process, dusting it with more confectioners’ sugar as often as necessary to prevent it from sticking to the board or your hands. Knead until the candy is no longer sticky, but smooth. I found it kind of like the texture of a pliable clay.

  5. Decide how many colors and flavors of conversation hearts you want to make, and divide the candy dough into that many portions. To flavor and color the candy, take one of the balls and flatten it into a palm-sized disc. Add a few drops of food coloring and a small dot of flavoring extract to the center of the disc, and fold it over on itself. Knead the dough ball, just as you did before, until the color is evenly dispersed throughout the candy, and all streaks have disappeared. You may want to taste-test a tiny piece to decide if you need more flavoring. Repeat this process with remaining balls of candy dough until all of the bits are colored and flavored.

  6. Note: As you finish coloring each ball of dough, wrap each securely in plastic wrap so that they wouldn’t dry out while you finished the rest.

  7. Dust your work surface and a rolling pin with confectioners’ sugar, and roll out one of the candy balls to your desired thickness. Be aware that the thinner you roll it, the more fragile the candy will be.

  8. Use heart-shaped cutters to cut hearts out of the rolled candy, and transfer the hearts to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Smaller hearts are more realistic, but larger hearts are easier for writing messages. Once you have cut out your hearts, you can re-roll the scraps to get more shapes out of the candy. Repeat with remaining candy balls.

  9. Allow your hearts to air-dry for at least 24 hours before writing on them. This step is VERY important, because the extra moisture in the hearts will cause the ink to run if you do not let them dry properly.

  10. After the hearts have dried, use the food writing markers to write the messages that come from your heart. Store your conversation hearts in an airtight container at room temperature.

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