Sunday, January 25, 2015

Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

Lots of recipes call for corn syrup. I learned how to make it many years ago from a cake decorator in Schenectady N.Y. , a great friend of my late Aunt Mary's. Corn syrup is just invert sugar which simply means it won't re-crystallize during the cooking or baking process when used in many candy recipes such as marshmallows and other favorite candy recipes. I think you will be very pleased if you use corn syrup in your recipes and this will keep in mason jars for around 3 months on the shelf. 

Homemade Corn Syrup Recipe

5 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
dash of salt 
candy thermometer
mason jars

Place all ingredients in a heavy duty non stick saucepan. Clip the candy thermometer to the side. Stir sugar until just moistened with a clean metal spoon.
Do not stir again, the sugar will crystallize. Let this come to a boil.
Brush down the sides (when it comes boil )with a pastry brush dipped in water to remove any crystals that form on the sides, this will ruin the corn syrup when poured in the jars later if any sugar crystals remain. Do not stir this or it will become a cloudy mess.
Continue to boil until the candy thermometer reaches 235 to 240 then remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 2 hours to cool and do not touch the mixture. You must cool this completely. 
Ladle into 1 cup mason jars. You can store in you cupboard up to 3 months. If the syrup is too thick, microwave the jar without the cover on for around 25 seconds. Makes 1 quart.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Homemade Grain Bread Grilled Cheese Recipe

Not so much an Italian recipe. I am making a healthy grain bread today and adding some sharp cheddar to the homemade bread for a delicious sandwich everyone will love. Shush they won't know it was partially healthy for them! I really used the sharpest cheddar and loved it. Try it with provolone and mozzarella and tomato that's another great sandwich I make!

Homemade Grain Bread Grilled Cheese Recipe

2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
7 cups all purpose flour or use wheat flour
1/4 cup flax seed, cracked wheat, sunflowers seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour

In a medium size bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. In a large bowl mix the remaining water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon. Mix well. Add the to the yeast mixture and let sit. Add the flour beating well. Then add the seeds, flax and wheat. Let sit 20 minutes, Stir in the salt and rest of bread flour. Knead 15 minutes till smooth. Put in a bowl rise till double. Add cornmeal to the bottoms of your greased loaf pans. Cover to rise 20 more minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned on top. Cool before slicing.

Grilled Cheese Recipe

 Slice two thick  pieces of bread.  Add two thick pieces of sharp cheddar cheese or (optional 1 slice whole milk mozzarella 2 slice provolone and a sliced tomato). Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a fry pan. On medium after the butter has melted, toast each side of the bread flipping over to ensure it browns nicely not burnt.