Hokey Pokey

I was going to say that this isn't as fun as it sounds, but then I reconsidered. Hokey pokey is the Cornish term for honeycomb, and is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. I include it here as it is the perfect present to take to a dinner party. Better than flowers, as they need to be put into a vase, better than chocolate, which people tend to smile politely at, but put away in a drawer. I've found no one can resist a bit of hokey pokey. The quantities I've specified don't make an awful lot - enough to fill a little tin 12 cm diameter and 6 cm deep / 4 and a half inches diameter and 2 and a half inches deep -but any more and you'd be sued by your dentist.

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TOTAL TIME: 38 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 3 min
 
YIELD: 2 cups
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
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Directions

Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You can't stir once the pan's on the heat, though.

Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt and then turn to goo and then a bubbling mass the color of maple syrup - this will take 3 minutes or so.

Off the heat, whisk in the baking soda and watch the syrup turn into a whooshing cloud of aerated pale gold. Turn this immediately onto a piece of baking parchment or greased foil.

Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.

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  • on April 04, 2013

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    Ok, I've made this 4 times and it turned out perfect two out of the four. But in defense of this recipie and dear Nigella, I think the weather has something to do with it, on days it was humid or muggy is when it didn't turn out. I even bought a silpat sheet because of this recipie, it really works great. I'll keep trying it, only on dry days though.

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  • on September 24, 2012

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    like the rest of these reviews.........I made the recipe three times and every time it was a flop..........flat and sticky......no honeycomb texture. love ya Nigella.........but this doesn't even rate a star. I was so DISAPPOINTED...........IT LOOK GREAT ON TV.
    only reason I rated it a star is because I couldn't posted this if I didn't...........lol

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  • on September 20, 2012

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    I hate giving this a 1 star because I love Nigella so much, but I've tried this recipe 8 (EIGHT!!! times. I tried it over winter 2011, failed 7 times. I just saw the episode again and thought, what the heck, I'll try it again. It failed again - it just flops and has no puffy honeycomb texture. I don't know what to do except give up. Maybe Nigella will ship me some for my birthday : ha!

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