Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rex's Potato Candy

During the holiday season everyone pulls out their family recipes, and you know your favorite is the one that brings back memories of being a kid. That’s Potato Candy for me. Plus it’s easy. My family will tell you in a heartbeat cooking isn't my thang.

Anyway, Avon Books asked each of the authors to post "What’s your character’s favorite holiday recipe?"

In CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, releasing December 26 in e-format, Rex Drago doesn't have many good memories of his childhood, but helping his mom make potato candy around the holidays was one of them. The big guy does have a sweet-tooth.

By the way, believe it or not, you won’t taste the potato. It’s more of a tasteless starch to hold the ingredients together.

Here’s the basic recipe.
1 small potato
1 box of confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of butter
Peanut butter

Instructions: Wash and peel your potato. Cut up into squares. Boil the potato until well done (flaky). Drain. Place half into a bowl. Add vanilla. Mix in sugar a little at a time. Usually it takes ½ to ¾ of a box of confectioners’ sugar to get the point you’re sure you can’t mix it anymore and then stir it a little more.

Using wax paper, place a square of butter or margarine and smear it across the paper. This will prevent the candy from sticking. Then take the slab of candy and flatten it. You can use a rolling pin or a sturdy glass. The thickness of the candy is up to you. I usually make it around ¼ inch thick. I suggest trying to keep a rectangle shape.

Spread peanut butter over the top. Then roll the longest side to the other long side. Use the wax paper it was sitting on to wrap it up and place in the refrigerator. About an hour later, it’s ready to cut. I suggest using a sharp knife. It will give you a smoother cut and the pinwheels will show up so pretty.

Oh, if you’re wondering what to do with the other half of the potato. Make more potato candy, of course!

Hope you enjoy it. 

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M.V.Freeman said...

Oooh this sounds delish!
Thanks for the recipe Carla. :)

Carla Swafford said...

Thank you, Mary. It's easy and so sweet that your teeth almost hurt. LOL!