Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks
Hehe. Similar comments here.
Originally Posted by herbcoop
I made some bricks this week, and used 5 lb. sugar plus 3/4 cup of ACV. I didn't have citric acid, but I did have ascorbic acid. I placed about 1/2 of the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, added the ascorbic acid, started mixing and then added about 1/2 of the vinegar. Once the sugar was evenly wetted I added the remaining sugar, stirred for a little while more, then drizzled in the remaining vinegar while stirring. I couldn't locate my lemongrass oil, but figure that the ACV may provide enough stimulation. The whisk attachment on a stand mixer made this process a breeze, and the final consistency was like that of wet snow. It only took about 1 minute. I then lined some cake pans with the paper that comes in-between sheets of foundation and molded the mix into 1.5 inch thick blocks. I then 'frosted' the exposed face with some dry MegaBee. The bricks went into the oven at 200 for a couple of hours, and were allowed to sit overnight.
Since it is baking season in my house, the pans go back into the oven after the oven has been used and is in the process of cooling down. So far, no vinegar flavorings to be had, though I did just now have an interesting idea for vinegar-flavored Grinch cookies.
I will place a spacer on the hive when I introduce the bricks. This should happen at the end of the week, when temps are predicted to be in the low 50s after 2 weeks of freezing temps.
Pete. New 2013, 3 hives, zone 6a
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