Monday, December 24, 2007

Three Ingredients

This recipe couldn't be easier, but you do need one specialty piece of equipment. There are work around, but it's easier to do if you have a candy thermometer.

To make Salted Caramels you need just three ingredients:

1 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Honey
1 cup Heavy Cream

For equipment you need a larger heavy pot-I used my 3-4 quart enameled cast iron pot. You need the aforementioned candy thermometer, a heat resistant scraper and a small pan lined with foil and lightly coated with butter.

Add your three ingredients into the heavy pot. Bring to a boil; lower heat slightly and stir until you reach the temperature of 130 celsius. This took me just over 25 minutes...but I started using a small pot and was worried about the caramel boiling over, so I didn't get the temperature hot enough. I transfered the mix into the larger pot, got the heat nice and high and we moved along at a much faster clip. When you hit the 130, pour the mix into your lined pan--and 8x8 square would be good. Allow to cool. Please be careful as hot candy mixes can BURN YOU very badly.

When cool and set up, cut into pieces and enjoy. Wrap pieces individually in wax paper.

Start with a good sea salt. I recently picked this up from Penzeys. Tasty, salty, sea!


My three ingredients. I used two types of honey: orange blossom (my favorite) and blackberry.

After I transferred everything to the larger pot. Boiling away, getting darker and richer and thicker.

The caramel has been poured out.

Make sure you line your pan with foil and coat with butter. Or you might end up with a very sticky candy you can't get out of the pan.

Little pieces of chewy, rich caramels.

If you like honey, you're going to love these caramels. The first flavors that approach are the salt and creamy caramely flavors. But as you chew you get the spicy bit of the honey. Very nice.

1 comment:

Dancer in DC said...

Sticky and sweet, they remind me of a Werther's Original candy. Suck on them for awhile!