Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
pre dried figs (the ratio of figs to the latter ingredients determines the thickness and consistency of the candying) 1/4 of a pound
pre cooked beets (roughly 2)
squeeze or two of lemon
2-3 cups of sugar (normal granulated)
2-4 spoonfuls of honey
blue food dye 2 drops
chilli pepper 2-6 dashes- used to add undertones
powdered ginger 1 dash
2 cups of water
pot with lid
measuring cup (for sugar)
Step 2: Prep Work
Put the water on boil adding in three of the pre cooked beet pieces and the 3 dashes of chili powder and dash of ginger
Cover pot and wait for it to boil
Heat for an additional 2-3 minutes on high heat
Swap second set of pre cooked beets in and add a squeeze or two of lemon and a dash of salt and two drops of blue food coloring
Your pot is now prepped set to high heat
Step 3: Cooking
Add 1.5 to 2 cups of sugar
Add fig slices into pot
Add 2 -4 spoon fulls of honey
Set timer for 10 minutes
Cover pot and leave on high
I used a kitchen fan to draw off steam
Occasionally stir and mind pot
I kept watch on the carmalazation of sugar. When the water has mostly boiled off the consistency changes. The brown deepens. The mixture is less runny. The figs take on a glazed look
Step 4: Cooling
I poured some extra simple syrup in a blob ontop in the middle to see if it would by itself turn into tasty candy.
Let it cool for 30 minutes.
Do all your prep like laying this sheet out and having the strainer at ready before you get here otherwise you will have a mess on hand!!!
Soak and clean as soon as you can because the candy sets.
I might add powdered sugar to the sheet and to the candy at this stage in the future.