Ginger Poppy Seed Candy Ginger Poppy Seed Candy

Ginger Poppy Seed Candy

Poppy seeds are a popular ingredient at Purim. This recipe strays from the traditional by using golden syrup rather than honey. Golden syrup is a thick, mild-flavored, amber-colored sugar syrup popular in European cooking. It's sold in some grocery stores and many gourmet markets, in the baking isle or near maple syrup. King and Lyle's are two popular brands.

Makes 40 candies

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup golden syrup

1/4 cup poppy seeds

Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, stir together the ginger, brown sugar and golden syrup. Bring to a boil and let boil for exactly 2 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in the poppy seeds.

Immediately pour liquid into the prepared dish and allow it to sit 15 to 20 minutes until cool but still slightly soft.

Invert onto a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares then roll between oiled hands to form a ball the size of a marble. After cooling, eat, package or store in an airtight container.