Monday, December 13, 2010
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/8 teaspoon salt
Optional: red food coloring
Into a small bowl, sift together the confectioners sugar and the cornstarch; line a 13X9 inch baking pan with non stick foil and spray foil with non stick cooking spray; sift 2 tablespoons of the sugar/cornstarch mixture into the pan, tilting to coat the pan; set the rest of the mixture aside for later. Then, place 2/3 cup water in a large bowl; sprinkle with gelatin; let soften for five minutes.
In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, heat sugar, corn syrup, candy pieces and salt over medium heat until sugar and candy pieces are dissolved, stirring occasionally; slowly mix into bowl with gelatin. Beat gelatin/sugar mixture on high speed with electric beater until light and fluffy, about 15 minutes (a freestanding mixer comes in handy). Spread into prepared pan and smooth top.