Tuesday, December 29, 2009

fleur de sel caramels

If you're anything like me, you went into the holiday season with visions of edible gifts, artfully wrapped packages and homemade holiday cards (sent out on time, natch) dancing through your head, and came out of it accomplishing...well...none of that.

But no matter--that's what New Years resolutions are for, right? And while the holidays may be over, it's not too late to end 2009 on a sweet note. These Fleur de Sel Caramels would be a welcome addition to any New Year's Eve party, or a great gift to give away to friends. They're rich, buttery and, even better--way easier to make than they look. Though you might want to give them out before those resolutions kick in because they're also totally irresistible. Have a sweet new year.

Fleur de Sel Caramels
Recipe from Epicurious

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with lightly oiled parchment paper. Heat the cream, butter and salt in a small saucepan until boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Then, boil without stirring until the mixture is a light golden caramel color (you may want to swirl the pan around a few times while it's cooking). Stir the cream mixture into the caramel mixture (being careful not to burn yourself--the mixture will bubble up when you add the cream). Simmer until a candy thermometer inserted in the caramel reads 248 degrees, which should take about 10-15 minutes. Pour the mixture out into the prepared pan, and let it cool for at least 2 hours (I put mine in the refrigerator and then brought it back to room temperature before slicing it). Remove the caramels to a cutting board, and slice into small squares. Wrap each square in wax paper, and carefully twist the ends to seal each side.


Jules Someone said...

I've never had the guts to make something like this. I may have to now!

La Pastry Chef said...

These look so sweet and buttery! I might make these and give 5 or so away. The rest would be all for myself!

I wish you a fantastic 2010!

Susan said...

Those caramels look divine!