Caramels

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The attention to detail is quite amazing here. You'll need to pay attention during this recipe or it will burn. 

I love caramel. I think it has to be one of the best desserts ever! I especially loved it dipped in a great dark chocolate with nuts inside. I'm partial to almonds, but walnuts and pecans are also good in this recipe.

Today I will be sharing a caramel recipe I picked up from my super talented amazingly crafty (seriously wished I was this awesome) next door neighbor. Her name is Kathy and growing up I thought she could do anything. I remember her as the mom that got up every morning to make a hot and tasty breakfast for her kids. She was always smiling, she made the most beautiful dresses and clothes for her girls. She could decorate cupcakes like the most talented pastry chef. Her home was always clean and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. Now, don't get me wrong. My own mother was amazing as well. She just didn't sew or cook or wake up early to make us breakfast. She had her own special talents and I've always admired and loved her. I think as I've gotten older, I've learned to appreciate the talents my mom had more. I wished she were still here so I could tell her.

All right, enough about that. Back to the caramels. I remember these as something Kathy would make at Christmas time. They would come wrapped in wax paper looking like a pretty bow. Along with other tasty treats. Be sure to give these a try - you won't be disappointed.


Caramels

2 C sugar
2 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C light karo syrup
1 C butter - again, please use real butter!!!
1/2 - 1 C chopped nuts - optional - use as much or as little as you'd like.

Dissolve sugar, corn syrup, butter and ONLY 1 C of heavy cream in a medium sauce pan. Medium heat. Stir constantly. Bring to boil - boil for 5 minutes. Pour remaining cup of heavy cream in slowly. Continue to cook until a candy thermometer reaches the soft ball stage. If you choose to add nuts, add them now.

Pour into an 8X8 well buttered dish.

Cool completely!

Variation:
Once cooled - cut into small rectangles - dip half in your favorite melted chocolate. So good!!




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