Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sea Salted Caramels

Hey Everyone!

I know I've been a very bad blogger, and it's been like 3 weeks since my last post, but this summer has been super hectic and it seems I have less time to blog. But trust me, this winter I'll be stuffing my face every weekend and there will be more to post! Summer is just so busy since we're always on the go and tend to go away on the weekends.

But I promise this post is a good one, these are super delish and are very addicting! Who knew salt and caramel could go together so well!

This recipe was adapted from Annie's Eats.

3 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp salted butter (cut into pieces)
2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp coarse sea salt

Line the bottom of a 9 x 9 baking pan with wax paper, and grease with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the cream, butter, vanilla extract, and just a teensy-tiny pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil without actually stirring, just gently swirling the pan occasionally until it reaches a light golden caramel color.

Strap your candy thermometer onto the side of your saucepan, then slowly stir the cream mixture into the caramel mixture - be careful because it will begin to bubble up, so you need to pour this slowly while stirring.

Continue simmering the mixture, stirring occasionally until your candy thermometer reaches 248 F.

Immediately remove it from the heat and pour into your prepared pan. After about 15 minutes, sprinkle the sea salt overtop. Then let it cool for about 30 minutes until it's completely set and cooled.

Cut into small pieces (a greased up pizza cutter works great). You can wrap these in wax paper or put them into mini cupcake papers.

I would store these babies in the fridge the next time I make them because they flattened out a bit when I left them out on the counter overnight. Keeping them in the fridge, should help them keep their thickness and prevent them from flattening out.