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1 Hr 20 Mins
Makes: 45 peices
This is a recipe that's been in my family since the Depression era. It was inexpensive to make and pretty easy. You only need three ingredients. And quantities are going to be hard to write down, but I'll try, it's definitely worth it. Year after year we've made this candy so it has a lot of sentimental value for me. Hope it starts a new tradition in your family too.
Potato (Yukon Gold)
bags of Confectioner sugar
Jar of Peanut Butter
Peel a potato and cut into chunks. Boil in water until its tender as you would for making mashed potatoes. I've never added salt although I might experiment with this myself. After it's boiled and drained, take a few chunks, (not too big to start with) and put it into a bowl and mash with a fork, slowly start adding powdered sugar little by little and continue to mash. When the two starches combine they create a liquid effect so it's important to start out with a few cubes of potato only until your use to this.
Keep adding powdered sugar until you have a ball the consistency of dough. You may have to alternate between potato and sugar until you get a ball of dough large enough to roll out like a pie crust. Flour a clean surface with more powdered sugar. Kneed the dough for a few minutes till it's a little smoother. And roll out with a rolling pin (also dusted with powdered sugar) to about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Then spread a thin layer of the peanut butter on the top just shy of the sides (you don't want it to ooze out) then with a thin long spatula carefully slide under the dough little by little as to allow u to start to roll it up like a jelly roll. You will end up with a rather thick log, cut into halves maybe thirds depending how big your log is. And then take one section and roll it out carefully like you would play dough to make it longer and thinner. Only more careful and slower. When its about an 1 1/2 inches wide use a butter knife or your flat spatula to cut into half inch pieces, then setting onto a cookie tray on the sides to somewhat dry. Continue with your other remaining sections.
It makes quite a large amount of candy. You can bag and freeze till your ready to use it. Otherwise once its dry it can be stored in an air tight container or cookie jar. Don't worry about the size of the pieces you may want larger pieces or smaller pieces. And they aren't perfectly round after you cut it either, the one thing to remember is have fun and enjoy!!
This video is someone making the potato candy (not me) but he does a really good job and pretty much it's how I make it, the only difference is that once the rolled log is done, I usually cut it into half then roll out the one half slightly to make more bite size pieces. This process also makes the log less lumpy and more uniform. And then continue with the other half.
I've also read that people roll up the log in plastic wrap or waxed paper and put it in the refrigerator so that when they slice it, it stays in more round pieces. I've never done that though. :)
As you can see in the video the end pieces are for eating while you make the candy. lol
Happy Holidays Everyone!!!
via old family recipe
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