(White) Horehound Toffee ( Marrubium vulgare) Recipe
Large batch: Makes two large fray pan trays
- 2liters of Horehound 'infused tea'(store
leftover in fridge)
- 2 liters of sugar dry weight (1:1 ratio with juice)
white or raw.
- 250ml honey ( more -> melts too easily)
- Peppermint essence approx 25ml
- 5.00gm beeswax
- 250ml icing sugar
Makes 1 frying pan quantity
- 2 cups Horehound 'tea' liquid
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Peppermint essence approx 12ml
- 1/2 teaspn beeswax
- 1 cup icing sugar
- With gloves on, pick approx 1.2 Ltr -dry weight-
of Horehound leaf tips and wash 3-4 times. Now boil
leaves in 2.5 Ltr of water for 10 mins. Leave this
brewing tea in the saucepan to soak/steep overnight.
This is sufficient for a large batch.
- Prep fry pan now: Line fry pan with silicone paper
(glad bake paper is perfect) put into fry pan, and
place jars in corners to hold it down till it moulds
- Use natural honey from Apiarist ( - not from supermarkets
which is treated not to harden.) Store in glass so
the jars can be placed in hot water to melt if needed.
- Note: When adding sugar it must ALL be dissolved
BEFORE the tea-mix is allowed to boil. Constantly
stir with wooden spoon.
- When adding peppermint essesence cover with a lid
to prevent the vapor hitting you! It's strong.
- Hard Crack Test: Drop toffee into cold water
and you will hear it crack when it's ready.
- If you have bees, shut the doors to keep them out
while making toffee.
- NOTE: Don't make this if you don't have time to
babdy sit it Start to Finish!
Given a few mins innattention, if it can go wrong
||A. Boil Horehound juice.
||Turn off heat , add sugar
- A. Heat horehound 'brewed tea' to boiling point.
Turn off heat
- Now add sugar till totally dissolved - must NOT
boil until all dissolved. Then allow to boil
- B. After an hour In a SEPARATE saucepan combine
honey & a few small beeswax chips. (wax helps
improve chewiness) then take to boiling - till it
reaches 'hard crack'
- Now add peppermint essence and cover with lid to
retain vapor for 5 minutes.
- Pour into lined container base.
- Allow to sit and cool - careful it doesn't get too
hard before scoring. Sprinkle with icing sugar before
scoring to prevent sticking.
- Score with strong knife blade or make a metal ruler
like "Phyll's creation" below. Thanks to
Alby for making it!
- Score into small 5cent pieces or less
- Separate pieces and roll in icing sugar to avoid
stickiness. Or wrap individual pieces.
- Store airtight in freezer.
NOTE: Don't make this if you don't have time to baby-sit
it Start to Finish!
Given a few mins inattention, if it can go wrong, it
TO MAKE TINCTURE
- Wash leaves well.
- Crush / juice leaves then
seive thru muslin or steralised stocking.
- Combine equal quantities melted
honey & juice 1:1 ratio
- For every 200ml add 20ml clear
spirit ie: vodka.
Leave this saucepan
for the moment.
|B. Separately mix honey &
beeswax chips ( makes toffee chewy) and
bring to boil.
||Boil to toffee 'crack point'
Now Combine A & B saucepans and
boil to toffee 'crack point'
After crack point - add peppermint essence and replace
pan lid to retain vapor for 5 minutes. The pour into
pan with silicon paper lining
Allow to sit in pan to cool, once
cooled sprinkle with icing sugar then score into small
bite size pieces before it hardens.
Freez for 20 mins before cutting it up.
|Press down to cut toffee
Roll cut pieces in icing sugar
Store cut pieces in airtight container in the freezer
|Storage - Refrigerate for daily
use. Freeze for longer term storage
- Store with extra icing sugar in wide necked glass
jar or plastic container. The toffee will stick together
if left at room temperature, or left unwrapped or
without icing sugar in the fridge.
- To Wrap: cut small sections of 'glad bake' silicone
paper, and then add a wrapper of cellophane paper
and twist the ends.
- Store in airtight containers.
As a botanical medicine, Horehound has been
a popular remedy for coughs, colds and chest problems
since ancient times. Often taken in the form of a syrup.
Historically documented properties included, but are
not limited to:
Antiseptic, Expectorant, Aids wound healing & eases
nausea& treats intestinal worms.
The toffee taken regularly acts as a good anti-viral
system booster. It is wonderful for sore throats, coughs
wheezing and to reduce nausea, and to relieve or prevent
a dry throat while exercising.
Horehound can be safely used by children as well as
adults. It is often made into a syrup or candy in order
to disguise its very bitter flavour, though it can also
be taken as a tea. As a bitter tonic, it increases the
appetite and aids digestion.
|Growing ( White) Horehound ( Marrubium
As this plant is considered a noxious weed, please
grow in pots and only allow to flower if you are collecting
A member of the mint
family, it is a square-stemmed perennial, growing to
about twenty inches and having toothed, downy grayish
leaves and a long woody stem that bears rings of double-lipped,
white flowers that evolve into a burr containing a few
brown or black seeds. Horehound is gathered in the spring
but leaves can be picked at any time to make toffee.
Well-drained poor soil; neutral to alkaline soil conditions
and a warm sunny position.
Horehound leaves can be used fresh or dried. In the
garden white horehound is a good companion for tomatoes.
A. Seeds: Germination can be slow. Separate seedlings
into individual pots when they are large enough to handle,
and plant them out in the following spring.
B. Basal cuttings: in late spring. Harvest the shoots
with plenty of underground stem when they are about
8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot individually and keep
in light shade or a greenhouse until they are rooting
well. Plant out when establish.
C. Division in spring. Larger clumps can be replanted
direct into their permanent positions, though it is
best to pot up smaller clumps until they are rooting