Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Now This Is Different...!
We hear stories all the time about how the pioneers had to make do with what they had. Certainly that posed a real problem at holiday time, and led to some outstanding recipes!
When they were forced into making do and using what ever was available, our forefathers could get pretty creative! This is just one way to make some special treats, using leftovers and stuff from the pantry!
I have to admit, this recipe sounds a little strange at first...but it turns out pretty good! Why not give it a try?
Pioneer Mashed Potato Candy
1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup mashed cooked potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1. In the top of a double boiler, heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the potato, salt and vanilla. Sift the confectioners sugar over potato, stirring and adding about 1 cup at a time. Mixture will liquefy when first sugar is added then gradually begin to thicken.
3. When it becomes the consistency of stiff dough, knead it even though not all the sugar has been added.
4. After kneading, cover with a damp cloth and chill until a small spoonful can be rolled into a ball. Shape in small 1/2 inch balls. Dip balls in melted chocolate then roll in peanuts or coconut.
Hey...I don't know about you, but I'll eat nearly ANYTHING that has chocolate on it! Please notice that I said NEARLY anything...but I do have limits, ya know?
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside! Chocolate mashed potatoes anyone...?