valentine`s day sweets - homemade caramel - need recipe!
- single and fabulous Feb 3, 2005 07:50 AM
Would like to make homemade caramel for all of my boyfriends (most are gay, no wonder I am still single). Looking for a simple caramel recipe. I thank you and so do my many boyfriends!
re: single and fabulous
Here's one way of making Caramel, but not the only way.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Put everything but the vanilla into a saucepan and heat on a stove. Make sure that all the ingredients are incorporated (get all the sugar dissolved) evenly.
Once the mixture starts bubbling, stop stirring and let it heat to the firm ball temperature (245-250 F). Once it hits that temperature, turn off the heat, and let it cool for a minute then stir in vanilla.
After it cools for a few more minutes, spread this mixture over tray with some depth, lined with waxed or parchment paper. Let it sit until it's quite cool to the touch (may take an hour or two) then you can take it out and start cutting it into cube-shaped bites.
The key factor here are two things: The mixture should hit 245-250, preferably no more and no less. Best is to have a candy or frying thermometer to keep track of the temperature. The second is to make sure that there is no crystallization during candymaking. Stray sugar particles may cause it, and the fat and addition of several types of sugars (White sugar/Sucrose and High Fructose Corn syrup are also typical caramel ingredients) will help prevent this.
I hope this works out. Below is a link all about candy making if you are interested.
Martha Stewart's caramel for Caramel Apples is unbelievably good--try googling it. I have made caramels with this recipe.