At the turn of October and November we decided to appeal to the ritual of Dziady (Forefathers' Eve), which was used by the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. But what really connects the recipe for toffee candy from the game with this folk belief, which also became an inspiration for Adam Mickiewicz?
The Forefathers' Eve night is a time of unity of the living and the dead, this rite begins with pagan times, and over the years and depending on the place, it has gradually changed. Currently, the tradition is the cultivated in Belarus, Lithuania or the east of Poland. During the celebration of the Forefathers' Eve, people gathered in abandoned places near the cemeteries, and those meetings were chaired by Koźlarz, or else Guślarz (The Pellar). During the rite, the gathered people hosted summoned souls, giving them a sacrificial feast from honey, cereal, eggs, kutya or vodka.
We wanted to refer to this tradition, that is why we used some of the ingredients from which kutya is prepared, for example smashed wheat, poppy seeds and honey or dried fruit. The last two of these products appear as consumables in the game, so we decided to use them for the production of caramel candies. If you want to check how this fudge tastes, then run to the nearest merchants for ingredients and off to work!
TIME: 1,5 h
SERVING: 10 portions
cream 36% fat – 2/3 cup [170 ml]
honey - 3 tbsp [75g]
sugar – 1 cup [220g]
butter – 2 tbsp [40g]
dried fruits (prunes, apricots, raisins) and nuts – a handful [60 g]
salt – 1/2 tsp
root spices - a pinch
1. NUTS AND DRIED FRUITS
Cut selected fruits and nuts into smaller pieces.
2. HONEY + SUGAR
In a saucepan, mix honey and sugar and heat it over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to a minimum and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the mass turns brown in color (be careful not to burn it).
3. CREAM + BUTTER (5 min)
Heat the cream and pour it into the sweet syrup. Mix, add butter, a pinch of root spice and cook for a couple of minutes to dissolve it. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool the mixture so that it has a lukewarm temperature. Then add chopped nuts and dried fruits, and mix thoroughly.
Cover wide glass or plastic container with baking paper. Pour the toffee mass so that the candy will be about 2 cm in height. Level the top with a spoon. Cover the container and cool the mass in the fridge or freezer.
Put out the chilled mass of the fridge, discard container and then cut candies with a sharp knife into portions the size of traditional fudge.
Pack single toffee candies in individual pieces of paper and store them in an airtight container in a cool place, preferably in a refrigerator, so that they do not stick to your hands when eating. Sweeter than the romantic ballads of Dandelion! After consuming the candy regenerates 50 health points in 5 seconds.