Jesse Pinkman: Wait wait hold on. Tell me why you are doing this… seriously.
Walter White: Why do you do it?
Jesse Pinkman: Money… mainly.
Walter White: There you go.
Jesse Pinkman: Nah come on… man, some straight like you giant stick up his ass all of a sudden at age what 60 he’s just going to break bad.
Walter White: Fifty.
Jesse Pinkman: It’s weird is all okay it… it doesn’t compute. Listen if you’ve gone crazy or something. I mean if you’ve if-if-if you’ve gone crazy or depressed I’m… I’m just saying that that’s something I need to know about. Okay, I mean that that affects me.
Walter White: I am… awake.
Jesse Pinkman: What?
Walter White: Buy the RV. We start tomorrow.
Breaking Bad has been one of the most original and exciting TV series to grace the worlds stage. I’ve never experienced drama which filled me with so much tension from ep to ep that I could hardly breathe. Vince Gilligan and his fellow collaborators have created a cultural phenomenon and sadly today marks the premiere of it’s last ever season. I dread the tears and pain yet to come, but I know that ultimately it will blow me away and leave a gaping Albuquerque sized hole in my heart when it all finishes in around 8 weeks time.
I can wax lyrical about Breaking Bad forever but instead of celebrating with verbose waffle, I decided to break bad myself.
Breaking Bad Blue Ice Cookies
(Yields 3 large handfuls)
1 cup granulated sugar (I used caster)
1/3 cup of glucose syrup (or corn syrup)
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon coconut essence (you can use whatever flavour essence you like, but I used coconut to complement the cookies below)
1/2-1 drop blue food dye (depending on strength of the dye)
Prepare a large shallow baking tray with a sheet of baking paper (you’ll be pouring your mixture onto this).
Add sugar, glucose and water together in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir and make sure sugar is dissolved. Use a wet pastry brush to brush down any remaining sugar crystals from the side of the pan.
Once sugar has dissolved, crank the heat to high. The mixture should reach a bubbly boil. Use a candy/fryer thermometer to keep track of the temp and once the mixture has reached 145C/293F take the pan off heat. This step may take awhile. For me there was a stage where the temperature stayed the same for around 5min. Be patient, the mixture needs to reach that temperature. And watch out, this shizz is liquid napalm, you’d want to keep your face out of it and wear gloves if necessary (truely BB style).
Once off the heat, wait until all the bubbles have popped from the mixture, then add the essence and food dye. Mix well and pour onto the pre-prepared tray. Hold the pan and tilt the mixture until it sets into a thin layer. Work fast, you’ll be surprised how fast rock candy sets.
Once cooled and solidified, smash it into small crystal chunks
Cookies (with Coconut & Almond)
(Makes around 24)
160g butter (softened)
90g granulated sugar (I used caster)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
210g self raising flour
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup Blue ice crystals from above recipe
Preheat Oven to 180C/356F, line a baking try with baking paper.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until paste forms. Then add egg, salt, vanilla, honey and mix well.
Then add half the flour, mix well, then add the almonds, coconut and blue ice. Mix well again, then incorporate the rest of the flour.
Once the mixture forms a thick malleable paste form into small truffle size balls and add to the baking tray. Bake for 10-12min.
Once out of the oven, sprinkle more blue ice chips on top and push them ever so slightly into the soft centre of the cookie to set.
Leave the cookies to cool completely on a rack.
STUFF YOURSELF SILLY WHILST SHEDDING SOME NEW MEXICAN TEARS!!!
N.B Although the blue ice rock candy looks awesome, this is just a homage to a TV show. I don’t in any way condone the making, dealing or use of real drugs. Drugs are bad Mmmmkay?