Exquisite Pumpkin Seed Candy Recipe
- 1 C. hulled pepitas
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 2/3 C. good-quality honey
- 3 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, plus 2 Tbs. melted for brushing
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pepitas; toast, stirring constantly until seeds pop and become slightly golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Place sugar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 3 minutes. Add pepitas, and continue cooking until temperature registers 285┬░ on a candy thermometer, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cold butter. Let the mixture cool to 240 F, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, brush the inside of fifteen 1-inch-diameter black paper C. with melted butter, reserving 1 Tbs.. Spoon a scant Tbs. of the honey mixture into each C.. Brush a clean work surface with the remaining butter, and spoon the remaining honey mixture on it so mixture will continue to cool. When remaining candy is stiff and cool enough to handle, about 6 minutes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces with a greased knife. Put one piece of candy in center of each of fifteen 4-by-4-inch pieces of orange cellophane wrap, gather cellophane at the top, and secure with a twist of a 4 1/2-inch piece of floral wire. Wrap the ends of floral wire around a skewer to form tendrils.