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Burnt Sugar Icing

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
Yummy stuff! I had never heard of this when my dad requested it for his bday...having never made any type of cooked candy before, I had some problems, but found some solutions online: the first attempt, I melted the sugar over low in a cast iron skillet per another suggestion and it still crystalized (and turned a yucky grey). I made it in a large, heavy saucepan. Instead of stirring the sugar alone, I added the water, stirring til dissolved, then left it alone over low heat. This way, the sugar caramelized on its own, and I just tilted the pan periodically. Once it was a nice amber color, I slowly stirred in the remaining ingredients (I, too, added a tablespoon of corn syrup). I thought all was lost--the "burnt" sugar was all stuck at the bottom of the pan. But I stuck it out, stirring constantly with a whisk, and it eventually melted again and incorporated into a nice confection. I followed the rest of the instructions as printed. The consistency is nice--it pretty much spread itself. It also holds up nicely, even in our humid environment. My kids wanted to eat it with a spoon! We decided it would be yummy with cut apples, bananas, etc., too!
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