Carbone della Befana – Sweet Coal  Happy Epiphany! Jan 6th

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Carbone della Befana – Sweet Coal  Happy Epiphany! Jan 6th


  • 1 egg white

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 1/2-2 tsp. black gel food coloring

  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Whisk together 1 cup of the powdered sugar along with the remaining ingredients in a bowl

  2. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar. The mixture should be very stiff as you whisk. If needed add a little more powdered sugar until consistency is reached.

  3. Line a heat-proof pan with parchment paper

  4. Combine water and sugar in a large non-stick saucepan and mix together

  5. Insert a candy thermometer and let the mixture cook until it reaches 258-260F (126° C) degrees. When it’s close to the 250F (120° C) degree mark, the mixture may begin to lightly brown from cooking, it should still be grainy.

  6. When reaching 258-260F degrees, add the black egg white/powdered sugar mixture and stir

  7. When thoroughly mixed, pour into the prepared pan and let it harden and dry. Then break it apart into big pieces (you might need a hammer… )