Friday, November 19, 2010

Recipe: Caramel

This caramel recipe can be used in so many different ways:

dips for cookies or apples
toppings for ice cream
the list goes on ...

Here's the recipe:


1 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup honey

In a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan heat the cream and salt until tiny bubbles start forming where the milk touches the pan - just before a simmer. Stir in the honey.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Now reduce the heat to an active simmer and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 15-20 minutes minutes or until the mixture reaches about 255-260F degrees.

To stop the caramel from cooking, very, very carefully set the bottom of the saucepan in the bowl of cold water you prepared earlier - taking special care not to get any of the water in the caramel mixture.

Stir until caramel begins to thicken up - you want the caramel to be thin enough that it will easily coat your apples, but not so thin that it will run right off. If the caramel thickens too much simply put the pot back over the burner for 10 seconds or so to heat it up a bit.

(Recipe and photo derived from 101 cookbooks.)

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