Homemade Sweets: Lemon Drops
These lemon drops look great in a pretty jar.
For Greasing Lemon Oil
400g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Liquid Glucose
1/2 tsp Lemon Oil
2 Drops Yellow Gel Food Colouring
200g Caster Sugarfor dusting
I loved making marshmallows last week so this week I continued the theme with some lemon drops. They’re harder to make than the marshmallows but they’re worth it! It’s so satisfying to be able to tuck into a couple of lemon drops that you’ve made yourself. They look great in a fancy glass jar too!
Grease a marble slab, metal scraper and scissors with the oil. Prepare an ice bath.
Combine the sugar, glucose and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn down to medium and cook until a sugar thermometer reaches 143ºc. DO NOT MIX while it is cooking.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the food colouring and lemon oil, stirring until it stops bubbling. Put the pan in the ice bath.
Pour the sugar syrup onto the marble slab and leave until a skin forms. Use the metal scraper to fold the edges into the middle of the slab.
Pull the syrup into a long thin strand, fold in half and half again and twist the four strands together. Pull until 2cm thick. Use the oiled scissors to cut small even pieces.
Roll each piece to make an oval shape. Pinch both end to turn into lemons. Roll in the caster sugar to coat and leave to set. Store in pretty glass jars.