BOSTON CREAMS…for Pecan Logs, Princess Michelle’s, etc.
This is my favorite Candy Recipe. It can be a bit tricky to make, but so worth the effort. This is a wonderful center for Pecan Logs and other candies. If you are familiar with Princess Michelle’s, this is the same center. The centers or balls are dipped in chocolate, and then rolled in dessicated coconut (toasted & finely crushed). Also you can make Almond hand rolls. They are creamy centers, dipped in chocolate & rolled in crushed Almonds. The trick for fabulous flavor, is to make sure that you caramelize your sugar, until it’s a golden caramel color, before adding the cream. Delicious! I will also post another easier version for Pecan logs tomorrow.
YOU WILL NEED:
1 Cup Cream
2/3 C. Milk
3 Cups sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Cup White sugar (caramelized)
Caramelize in heavy skillet, 1 cup sugar, to this add 1 cup cream, and stir until it all dissolves. Add other 3 cups sugar, 1/8 tsp. salt and 2/3 Cup milk. Bring to a boil and boil to 236 degrees or until mixture is a firm ball, when tested in cold water. Butter a heavy marble slab with butter & pour on the candy. Bring edges into center with spatula, and continue this action until you obtain a creamy smooth ball.
If you do not have a marble slab, you must pour the hot mixture into a buttered glass bowl, let cool for about 10 minutes…..DO NOT STIR DURING THIS ENTIRE TIME. Take a wooden spoon, and begin to stir, (like you would when you are making fudge)….when gloss leaves and you have a creamy texture, roll into logs, balls for later.
TO CARAMELIZE SUGAR:
In bottom of heavy skillet, shake sugar as it melts over low heat…until it melts and turns a golden caramel color.
FOR PECAN LOGS:
Make Boston Cremes – shape into small rolls then freeze in waxed paper. Make your favorite caramel recipe: (I’ve posted a great one)….Roll logs in caramel, then roll in chopped pecans. Cover with Saran wrap & foil then freeze for later.
Make Boston Cremes – shape into small balls then freeze. Dip balls into melted dipping chocolate then roll in chopped pecans. You can also just roll the balls into the pecans, instead of dipping first. This candy is also delicious just shaped in rolls and sliced.
My favorite Christmas Candy!