Monday, November 29, 2010

Delicious caramels...


I decided we needed something festive in our home given Christmas is only a few weeks away. I made some caramel lollies to keep in little bowls around our home. They are delicious! The only thing I found a little tricky was cutting through the bottom of the caramel, I think its because I let the caramel get too cool. Other than that, it was delicious!

Here is the recipe if you would like to try it:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, more for greasing pan
1½ cups heavy cream
2 cups sugar
½ cup golden syrup
Pinch salt
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract, optional.

1. Lightly grease a 9-inch-square baking pan. Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a broad saucepan or deep skillet and turn heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.

2. Mixture will bubble and darken; when color is dark beige and mixture measures 235 degrees on a candy thermometer, it is butterscotch sauce. (Use immediately or refrigerate for up to several weeks; warm in a microwave oven or over hot water to soften.) To make caramels, keep cooking and stirring until mixture is even darker, nearly brown, and measures 245 degrees (or until a piece of it forms a firm ball when dropped into a glass of cold water).

3. Stir in the vanilla and pour into prepared pan. Cool, then remove from pan in a block and refrigerate, but not for too long - what you want is a mixture cool enough so that it's not too sticky, but not so cold that it's solid; this is the easiest state in which to cut and wrap.

4. Use a sharp knife to cut caramel into pieces, then wrap each square in waxed paper or plastic wrap. These keep for weeks, especially if refrigerated, but are best eaten fresh and at room temperature.

Kellie xx


27 comments:

  1. OMG! you're an angel saving my life §;-)

    I was planning to make a caramel but I wanted to try another trick to make it.

    I will definitely, make this on week-end coz caramel is one of the most important on Christmas.

    TY a mill for sharing and dropping at my simple blog. Hope to see You again & likewise.

    Enjoy the week ahead, arrgghhh!!! 10 hrs different now between us.

    Cheers sweet lady!

    Greetings from a freezing Stockholm,
    /chie

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  2. mmm these sound delicious and not overly difficult - I may just have to give these a try! :)

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  3. kellie... where is that candle from!? I soooo want one!!!

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  4. How Beautiful!
    These look dainty and delish ;)
    Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

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  5. Oh what a lovely recipe! Thanks for sharing doll!

    Luvs!

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  6. Shall whip some up now, the boys will be thrilled when they get home from school - if it lasts that long.......

    Katie

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  7. caramels are the best thing! :-) I am so going to make this recipe.
    xx Emily

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  8. Looks nice and very taste, I lake it!!!
    Kisses and regards.

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  9. Ok...let me start by saying...that bowl of caramels would last around 2 seconds in my household...what a gorgeous idea! x

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  10. YUM YUM YUM!!! Can't wait for Christmas! Hope you had a fantastic weekend :)

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  11. Oh how yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

    Rachael

    p.s. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the jewelry giveaway on my blog!

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  12. Oh my goodness, I don't need any more encouragement in the sweets department ;-) I scoffed a tub of Phish Food (Ben and Jerrys) last night in one go! You're very skilled Kellie, I don't think I would have as much success making caramels - they look great! xx

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  13. Hi Kelly, congratulations on your the launch of your online boutique! You've managed to source some fantastic items. No doubt you had lots of fun buying all the new stock.

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  14. It looks wonderful, it was kellie execute?

    http://poupardecorar.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love caramels... I could get in serious trouble with these! xo

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  16. Hey Kellie!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I am a newbie at this and really appreciate your comment. Mandi
    www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

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  17. Kellie, you're so ambitious! Lovely photos. You should be a food stylist!

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  18. ooh never made these before! Looks fun!

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  19. How can I pass this recipe up?? Just printed it off!!

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  20. I L.O.V.E carmels. Cannot imagine how good those taste, hommade, oh my ~ xox Alexandra

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  21. these look fabulous! how fun to have them around the house, AND to have them homemade!

    joan

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  22. Yum, looks delicious! Love your photos too!

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  23. Nothing can beat self-made sweets! x

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  24. ohhh they look awesome!! i want to try - yes, i think i will!!!

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