Saturday, June 07, 2008


~ Ryba's famous recipe

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup half & half
2 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • In a 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, half & half, chocolate, corn syrup, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until mixture reaches a temperature of 234-degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Add butter and cool mixture to 120-degrees without stirring.
  • Butter a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan; set aside.
  • Add vanilla to warm mixture and beat vigorously until mixture is no longer glossy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Quickly stir in pecans. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Cool until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 1-inch squares. (Yield: 45 1x1 inch pieces)


beckie said...

Joey, Wow! It has always been a dream of mine to go to Mackinac Island. What beautiful scenery and wonderful pictures. I love the horse topiarys(I think that's the right term) I am going to try this fudge recipe. Fudge and I usually don't do well. You know-it's either hard as rock or grainey. Thanks for sharing your visit.

Amy said...

What a beautiful place! I love the photo at the end of the lilacs with the water in the background. My city had it's first lilac festival this spring, but because of the unusually cold weather the lilacs weren't in bloom!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Lovely photos. Nothing like a Lilac Festival to lift the spirits.

joey said...

Mackinac Island is indeed a 'National Treasure', Beckie. Do hope you get a chance to visit someday. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Fudge can be tricky, often depending on humidity and how ingredients are incorported. Regardless, it always disappears!

Mackinac Island is always lovely but especially when the lilacs are in bloom. The scent is heavenly (expecially mingled with horse smells and fudge).

Thanks Chris. Always a joy to hear your encouraging comments.

Unknown said...

Okay, I don't like topiaries. I swear. I don't. But... I LOVE those horses! Way too cool, especially how they appear to have manes. Are they shaped shrubs, or filled forms? (Do you know?)

As always, your photography is amazing, Joey.

joey said...

It's impossible not to like these topiaries, Kim (filled forms I believe)! The manes are daylilies (Stella de Ora or Happy Returns, I think). The Grand Hotel gardens are fabulous. I know and work with some of the garden designers here at home. If you have not already, you MUST visit the Island. You will NOT be disappointed.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness, Joey! Thank you for sharing your memories of Mackinaw Island! I, too, was enchanted by the horse topiary! And I was just getting a hankering for fudge. I will try this one. Thank you!
Hugs! Kathryn

joey said...

Hi dearest Kathryn ... the photos did not do the topiaries justice. Since cars are not allowed on the island, the horse is the only 'horsepower' allowed. The gardens are stunning ... you must come! Northern Michigan in spring/summer is the best. I'll pick you up at the airport! *HUGS*

Catherine said...

A beautiful festival, shared with us all in such beautiful photos joey!! Wow~I love the topiaries!And that fudge recipe,~has my mouth watering, I'm so glad I came to visit, you are lifting my spirit's with each post! :)
Hug's Bloggin Sis!!

Anonymous said...

Great images!