Chewy Walnut Apricot Candies
|Apricot nectar/Apple juice||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Sugar||4 3⁄4 Cup (76 tbs), divided|
|Unflavored gelatin||4 Tablespoon (4 envelopes)|
|Cold water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Finely chopped walnuts||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Orange extract||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
Line a 1 3-in x 9-in x 2-in pan with foil and butter the foil; set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, combine the apricot nectar and 4 cups of sugar.
Bring to a boil over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a bowl, soften gelatin in water; let stand fonl minute.
Stir into apricot mixture until the gelatin is dissolved.
Stir in the walnuts, orange extract and salt.
Pour into the prepared pan.
Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
Place the remaining sugar in a shallow bowl.
Cut the candy into 1 -in squares and roll in sugar.
Place on baking sheets.
Let stand for at least 1 hour.
Roll candies in additional sugar if desired.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.