I have been really looking forward to these beautiful early Fall day and today is just gorgeous people! I live in Northern, sorta Central, slightly mid-state CA, but without a doubt closer to the Bay Area than Central CA. If I told you where, most of you would say, Huh? So I always place myself in the Bay area for the sake of trying to explain. I am like 30 minutes as the crow flies, East of Oakland. A large set of massive rolling hills dotted with white angels arms twirling non stop and a freeway filled with commuters divides us.
This is a beautiful valley I live in, but certainly we have really hot summers, those hills stand between 78 and 108 some summer days, and they don't mess around. I live in an area of CA with many mini-micro climates, where we can go up and down in tempertare as much as 30 degrees in 30 minutes. Nice but a stylists nightmare. I'm sure this is where the inception of layering one's clothes started, and yes I do layer. I know better than to go to a baseball game in short sleeves, and it's 112 degrees out here.
But what this weather is doing is making me want to do something a little different.
I want to make candy, now. I love Donna Hay and her wonderful magazine and her photos! I want to make her truffles, her caramel and most of all, her fat little round white chocolate, cranberry, pistachio candies in her June issue. At first I thought they were nougat. Not so. They are white chocolate. Is it just me or what. Everything looks so beautiful, the rose water lollipops are so pretty! The little domes of truffles in an egg carton with white sprinkles, I really want to make it all and then eat it!
So I'm planning on making candy this year for my holiday gift giving and having it out during my open house. I want to give it away with high hopes someone will enjoy it.
Do you have a tried and true wonderful candy recipes that you give during the holidays? An English Toffee? A peanut brittle?
I am collecting recipes, tips and seriously getting ready!
So far I have thought about:
Cranberry White Chocolate rounds