Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Gift Idea – Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Apple Cider Candy

Last week it was chocolate chewy candy, this week I’ve got a new spin on the chewy candy for you – Apple Cider Candy.

Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Apple Cider Candy

1/2 cup powdered sugar 

1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups powdered rice milk

2 tbsp agave nectar
4 tbsp boiled cider
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Earth Balance Natural Shortening, melted
(or shortening of choice)

Combine the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and half of the powdered rice milk. Mix together well and set it aside. This will be a very powdery mix.

In a large mixing bowl, blend together the agave nectar, boiled cider, vanilla, and shortening. Add the dry ingredients and blend on low until completely combined.

Coat a smooth prep surface with a small amount of the remaining rice milk. Move the dough from the bowl to the prep surface. Work the remaining powdered milk into the candy ball with your hands, a little bit at a time. When you can no longer manipulate the ball with your hands (or you use up the remaining powdered rice milk) you are done kneading.

Place the dough ball on a sheet of wax paper and flatten it with your hands until it is a disk. Use a sharp non-stick knife to cut the dough into desired size pieces. Cut squares of wax paper and wrap the candies individually. This recipe makes about 24 pieces.

Wrap it up with a bow and you have a fabulous artisan gift for your favorite foodie!


h said...

I am loving this series, so cool! My kids keep looking over my shoulder and asking me to make these and last week's chocolate candy. My last candy making attempt was this recipe: and it failed spectacularly. It was top 8 free from the get go so I thought I could do it but I thought I'd mention it to you in case there's something obvious I should have tried. I followed the recipe but the jellies just never held together.

Gratefulfoodie said...

I have to brag! I finally met Colette in person this week and she is 10 times more brilliant than I expected. Which was a lot, since I am a fan already. She is one of those seriously talented people, creative, intelligent...the whole package.

Thanks Colette for putting your gifts in our food allergy basket of life!

Colette said...

Caroline, it was so great to be able to meet you in person too! Nothing like a bunch of moms with a cause in the same room! You rock!

hsw, I'm not sure -- it looks like those lime jellies should work -- but honestly, I prefer recipes that don't rely on added pectin.

h said...

Good point about the pectin, thanks Colette!

- Homa

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Colette, I love the ingredients in this recipe...simple and easy, and I think I already have all of them!

Julieslymediseasefight said...

Do you think I could replace the boiled cider with pear juice and just boil that? I cant have apple

Colette said...

Julie, yes, I think that would work! You may have to adjust the ingredients to use more dry, but
go for it!