I am very excited when I found a recipe of my childhood peanut candy snack – Kong Tng or 贡糖。。 Apparently there are not many recipe available but only one though it appeared in many websites..
I happily went to the supermarket and get all the ingredients.. And I followed closely as stated in the extremely simple recipe… There are 2 hiccups: one was the suggested syrup seems to be too little for the suggested peanut powder. With such small amount of syrup, I have difficulty to bind and roll the peanut at all..
I rushed to the kitchen and prepared another portion of the syrup for the peanut powder.. Therefore, this is actually a salvage recipe.
When I took my first bite, I was shocked that it is totally different from the crispy peanut candy that I am used to.. It is a soft chewy type of candy.. May be I should have thought that the texture is chewy after looking at the ingredients.. Apparently, the crispy type is not possible to be done at home as they need the machine rolling….
I have decided to proceed to share this recipe as I personally found that the texture is very nice and the candy is delicious.. At least my kids also thought so. It is firm, chewy but soft and aromatic peanut candy. In fact, I remembered I have eaten something like this..
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Recipe Inspired by : 金门花生贡糖 – 心食谱
500 grams of fine peanut powder
150 grams of white sugar
100 grams of maltose
20 grams of water
STEPS OF PREPARATION
In a pan, put the maltose, sugar and water, use low heat and bring to boil. If there is a thermometer, when the syrup reaches 110 degree Celsius, the syrup is considered as done. Otherwise, boil until the syrup’s bubble become smaller and smaller and when you took some syrup up, it will become very sticky. Off the heat, add the peanut powder and stir until as well mixed as possible.
While the peanut powder is still warm, transfer some to a piece of baking paper. Use another baking paper and put on top of the peanut powder, use rolling pin to press the peanut powder until it binds with about 5 mm thick. Roll the peanut candy up like the way you roll a sushi. with about 4 cm diameter. Ensure that the candy is compact and not lose. Use a knife to cut the candy with about 2 cm width.. Store in an air tight container when completely cooled.
Can I say that this is a blessing in disguise? I find that the candy is delicious and that is the rationale to issue this recipe. Do give it a try.
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