This spun sugar decoration has an other-wordly feel to it. Once mastered it can be a quick yet effective way to add that wow factor to your desserts. Reprinted with permission from our friends at Chelsea. Why not surprise your Valentine next week by placing a spun halo on their dessert.
250g Chelsea white sugar
2 x wooden spoons
2 forks or a large whisk with the ends snipped off to create tines
Preparation: Before you start suspend 2 wooden spoons from your workbench by weighing down at one end. We used sugar bags. Make sure you have plenty of paper laid down on the floor to catch toffee drips.
Making toffee: Bring the sugar and water to a simmer in a copper or heavy based saucepan. You can add food colouring to the syrup before cooking for a vibrant and kitsch finish.
Don’t despair if your toffee misbehaves! It is a bit more complicated than it seems. If it burns just scrape out the mixture quickly and fill the pan with boiling water to dissolve the hard toffee.