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French Cream Candy

  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Flavoring
Put white sugar and water into a tin pan on the stove and let it boil without stirring for approximately ten minutes (be patient, you rascal). If it looks somewhat thick, test it by letting some drop from the spoon, and if it threads, remove the pan from the fire. Take out a small spoonful and rub it against the side of a cake bowl. If it becomes creamy and will roll into a ball between the fingers, pour the mixture into the bowl. When cool enough to put your finger in it, take it in your lap, stir or beat it with a large spoon or pudding stick. It will soon begin to look like cream and then grow stiffer until you will find it necessary to take your hands and work it like a bread dough. If it is not boiled enough to cream, put it back on the range and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or as long as is necessary, being careful not to cook it too much. Add the flavoring as soon as it begins to cool off. This is the foundation of all French creams.

It can be made into rolls and sliced off or packed in plates and cut into small cubes or made into any shape imitating French candies. A pretty form is made by coloring some of the cream pink, taking a piece about as large as a hazel nut, and crowding an almond meat tray half way into one side until it looks like a bursting kernel. In working, should the cream get too cold, warm it.

Several points to remember to be successful in making this cream:
- When the boiled sugar is cool enough to beat, if it looks rough and has turned to sugar, it is because it has been boiled too much, or has been stirred.

- If, after it is beaten, it does not look like lard or thick cream, and is sandy or sugary instead, it is because you did not let it get cool enough before beating.

- It is not boiled enough if it does not harden so as to work like dough, and should not stick to the hands. In this case, put it back into the pan with an ounce of hot water and cook over just enough, by testing in water as above. After it is turned into the bowl to cool, it should look clear as jelly.

Maple Sugar Creams

  • Maple sugar
  • French Cream (see French Cream Candy recipe)
Grate fine maple sugar and mix, in quantity to suit the taste, with French Cream. Form into any shape desired. Walnut creams are sometimes made with maple sugar and are very good!

Fruit Creams

  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Raisins, chopped
  • Currants, chopped
  • Figs, chopped
  • A little citron, chopped
Make French cream (see French Cream Candy recipe) with the sugar and water. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly through the cream while quite warm. Make into bars or flat cakes.
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