Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spoon Sweets

With 5lbs of green, seedless grapes, what's a girl to do? Make some more spoon sweets!
For this recipe, I used 2 cups of sugar to 1/4 cup of water.
-Heated on a low flame till the sugar melted to a light syrup
-Added my washed grapes and continued to cook, until the grapes began to wrinkle
Some will pop and that's okay. You don't need more water because all those delicious grapes are packed with good juice.

What could be better than more spoon sweets made out of grapes?
If you haven't noticed, I make alot of these syrups. It is a tradition in Eastern European homes that upon arrival, guests are greeted with a cup of water and some spoon sweets. Grapes & small plums are the most common spoon sweets to serve. I, however, have a favorite... Rose Petals! Check out my post from May 26th in the archives. Yummy, yummy, yummy! And, remember, if you don't use these as 'greeting sweets', you can always use them to flavor your water!

This is important....
When in doubt, follow this:

Measure your fruits by the jars that they will be stored in.
Use an equal measurement of sugar & half the water.
(e.g. 3 cups of fruit will call for 3 cups of sugar and only 1.5 cups of water)

This method is good for raspberries, blueberries, & blackberries. (And never on high heat!) Grapes use less water because of the juice they contain. Rose petals shrink, so you will always use less water as well. Little helpful hints like these make all the difference.

To enjoying your spoon sweets!


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