The holidays are just around the corner and homemade candies are still in style as gifts for friends and neighbors. They also make great hostess gifts. So get your Victorian on and make some tasty treats for gift-giving this year!
Old-Fashioned Mulled Wine Jelly Candies
1 cup dry red wine
4 orange peel strips (3x1 inches each)
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
3 whole cloves
1/2 cup powdered fruit pectin
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/3 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup sugar
In a small saucepan, combine wine, orange peel, juice, cinnamon stick and cloves. Cover and bring to a steady simmer. Do not boil! Reduce the heat and continue to simmer uncovered gently for 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.
Line a 9x5-in. loaf pan with foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Strain wine mixture, discarding orange peel and spices. Return mulled wine to saucepan. Stir in pectin and baking soda. Heat over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Bring it to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in wine mixture. Continue to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam. Immediately pour into prepared the pan. Let stand until set, approximately 5 hours.
For the coating, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over a 14x12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Invert the candy onto the sugar. With a knife dipped in warm water, cut the candy into 1-inch squares. Coat with remaining sugar.
Transfer the candies to a wire rack and let stand, uncovered, at room temperature overnight. They can be stored in airtight containers up to one week.
Eleanor's notes: No one will tell if you sip a little wine while you're making these candies. You can also substitute white wine in place of the red. I prefer to use red wine in the cooler months and white wine in the warmer ones. Also, a little Sinatra playing in the background adds to the ambiance.
@Anna Elizabeth Henry, @donna, and @christian soldier, I think you would enjoy these.