Monday, December 19, 2011

Meatless Monday! Candy?!

Are you getting ready to bake some Christmas goodies this week? May I suggest adding this to your list? I posted this recipe last year at the same time. I made several....SEVERAL....batches of these salted caramels last year. They were such a hit! Warning: it IS a time consuming process, but I really think they're worth it!

Can I post a candy recipe just this once for Meatless Monday? I want to share this recipe for Salted Caramels anyway and right now is the perfect time for sharing candy recipes, what with the holidays and all, so I'm breaking the rules and this is my Meatless Monday :-)

I made this batch as a test batch last week. Riiiiiiggggghhhht, a test batch!

Tomorrow I plan on making about 3 more batches as gifts for Christmas. These caramels are super yummy. I used coarse sea salt from Costco and set the grinder for as coarse as it would go. So you get crunchy bites of salt every now and then and it is divine.

Be prepared to stand at your stove for a full hour. This recipe is from the latest edition of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 16-oz. pkg. packed brown sugar (2-1/4 cups)
  • 2 cups half-and-half or light cream
  • 1 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 tsp. flaked sea salt or smoked flaked sea salt
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 tsp. pink peppercorns, crushed * I omitted this entirely*

Directions

1. Line an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil. Set aside.

2. In a 3-quart heavy saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, half-and-half, and corn syrup; mix well. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan (see Candy Thermometer, below). Reduce heat to medium. Continue boiling mixture at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 248 degrees F, firm-ball stage (40 to 50 minutes). Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a steady boil.

3. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan. Cool 10 to 12 minutes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. When firm use foil to lift candy out of pan.* Use a buttered knife to cut into 2x1/2-inch size pieces. Wrap each caramel in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store up to 2 weeks.

*Test Kitchen Tip:For easier slicing, freeze caramel for 10 minutes before cutting.


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5 comments:

  1. Can I be on your Christmas List?!

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  2. Yum. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Hoping you'll visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  3. Mmm... dessert, my favorite!

    I host a weekly Meatless Monday blog carnival. I checked out your other Meatless Monday posts, but decided to comment on this one. I have a sweet tooth, what can I say.

    I invite you to add your meatless posts to the carnival and help spread the Meatless Monday movement. Dessert's welcome too!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  4. Those look yummy, will have to put the diet back a day or two now!

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  5. Oh, Beth...I wish we were neighbors! I need a friend to help me overcome my fear of...
    candy thermometers!!! :)
    Honestly, I think I bought every wooden box of Fleur de Sel caramels at Trader Joe's this Christmas season 'cause I love them so much!!
    Your recipe looks positively YUMMY!!!

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