It may have escaped your notice but it snowed overnight on Saturday. It was however, impossible not to notice the snowy stillness being rudely interrupted by our 4 children screaming in delight at the sight of a thick white blanket of snow where once there had been a beer garden, car park and beach.
Even so, come lunchtime, excitement was beginning to wane and new things needed to be invented. Long, long ago, I remembered reading Little House on the Prairie or some such, where the children made sugar snow. This sort of thing appeals to me, not only as a big kid myself, but also in the glossy magazine image of motherhood kind of way.
A wee trawl of the Internet came up with recipes using maple syrup which sadly, wasn’t part of my ‘in case of snow’ emergency ingredient kit. Harboring the thought that Laura, Mary, Ma and Pa (or whoever it was) were possibly a bit hard up for maple syrup, decided to substitute golden syrup and guess what dear reader, it jolly well works….. Here is the recipe. Well, list really. Actually, it’s best done in photographic form All you need is golden syrup (or maple), butter and a table full of freshly fallen snow (the fluffy stuff)
Weigh out 100g of golden syrup into a pan with 25g of butter. Melt it down over a medium heat, stiring from time to time making sure it doesn’t catch and start to burn. After about 5 minutes check the mix by dropping a little off a teaspoon onto a cold plate. If it stiffens, it’s ready. If it’s still a touch runny cook it on abit and try again. If it turns black and breaks your teeth, start again…
Once you have your runny toffee, venture outside.
Let the molten mixture fall from your spoon onto the snow, allow to cool for a second and then devour, snow and all.
I’d like to add, this is the one and only time you should encourage your children to eat the yellow snow…..