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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8oz brown sugar
1lb golden syrup
1dessert spoon water
1teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
How to Make Irish Yellow Man
- Melt the butter in a saucepan, and then add the sugar, golden syrup, water and vinegar.
- Stir until all the ingredients are melted, then boil until the mixture reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage 290 degrees F.
- This 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.
- Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, when the mixture foams up pour onto a greased, heatproof tray, turning in the edges with a palette knife.
- When cool enough to handle, pull with buttered hands until pale in color.
- When completely hardened, break into rough pieces.