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Aunt Bill's Brown Candy Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Maxine (McFarland) Hustak- Bethany, OK
Added: Thursday, March 16, 2006

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
6 c. sugar
2 c. milk or cream
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 lb. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. unchopped pecans

Directions:
Directions:
Pour 2 c. sugar into heavy aluminum or iron skillet and place over low heat. Begin stirring with wooden spoon and keep sugar moving so that it will not scorch at all. It will take almost 1/2 hour to completely melt sugar and at no time let it smoke or cook so fast that it turns dark. It should be about the color of light brown sugar syrup.
As soon as you have the sugar started to heat in the skillet, pour the remaining 4 c. sugar, together with the milk or cream, into a deep heavy kettle and set it over a low heat to cook along slowly while you are melting sugar in skillet.
As soon as all sugar is melted, begin pouring it into a kettle of boiling milk and sugar, keeping it on very slow heat and stirring constantly. The real secret of mixing these ingredients is to pour a very fine stream from the skillet. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture forms firm ball when dropped into cold water.
After this test is made, turn out heat and immediately add soda, stirring vigorously as it foams up. As soon as soda is mixed, then add butter, allowing it to melt as you stir. Now set off range, but not outdoors or in a cold place for about 20 minutes, then add vanilla and begin beating. Use wooden spoon and beat until mixture is thick and heavy, having a dull appearance instead of a glossy sheen.
Add the pecans, or nut meats and mix. Turn into pans where it may be cut into squares when cooled slightly. This keeps moist and delicious indefinitely.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 lbs. candy
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
For many years, Maxine and a friend made this candy every Monday September through October for the church bazaar. Now it is a family tradition to make this around Thanksgiving for the holiday season. Mike hand beats and everyone in the family has a part.

 

 

 

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