Irish Yellow Man
“Did you treat your Mary Anne to Yellow Man, at the Lammas Fair, O?”
Lammas is the harvest festival celebrated in August and Yellow Man is a yellow, brittle toffee that is traditionally served at the Lammas Fair held in Co. Antrim.
My French-Canadian/Irish mom use to make this for us... it's wonderful.
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- oz butter
- oz brown sugar
- lb golden syrup
- dessert spoon water
- teaspoon vinegar
- teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1Melt the butter in a saucepan, and then add the sugar, golden syrup, water and vinegar.
2Stir until all the ingredients are melted, then boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage 290 degrees F.
3This can be tested by dropping a little of the mixture into cold water, leaving for a moment, and then picking it up between the finger and thumb.
When the finger and thumb are separated, the thread formed between them should break sharply.
4Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, when the mixture foams up pour onto a greased, heatproof tray, turning in the edges with a palette knife.
5When cool enough to handle, pull with buttered hands until pale in color.
6When completely hardened, break into rough pieces.