Monday, March 18, 2013

Fleur de Sel Caramels

I'll admit it, anything using a candy thermometer, like tempering chocolate, is not my forte. I get scared that I might mess something up. But if something does go wrong.... it's the thermometers fault. Not mine. But when I did my usual recipe-browsing, I came across these funky looking caramels. How could I possibly say no? And plus, it's Ina Garten's Fleur de Sel Recipe which means it taste yummy. These fleur de sel caramels taste even more delicious then they look; so soft, chewy, sweet and salty, and they melt in your mouth. 

Vegetable oil, for the pan
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fleur de sel, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to drape over 2 sides, then brush the paper lightly with oil.

In a deep saucepan (6 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep), combine 1/4 cup water, the sugar and corn syrup and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the mixture is a warm golden brown. Don't stir -- just swirl the pan.

In the meantime, in a small pot, bring the cream, butter and 1 teaspoon of fleur de sel to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set aside.

When the sugar mixture is done, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful -- it will bubble up violently. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 degrees F (firm ball) on a candy thermometer.
Very carefully (it's hot!) pour the caramel into the prepared pan and refrigerate for a few hours, until firm. 

When the caramel is cold, pry the sheet from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut the square in half.
Starting with a long side, roll the caramel up tightly into an 8-inch-long log. Or just cut it up into small bite-size squares. Sprinkle the log with fleur de sel, trim the ends and cut into 8 pieces. (Start by cutting the log in half, then continue cutting each piece in half until you have 8 equal pieces.) It's easier to cut the caramels if you brush the knife with flavorless oil like corn oil. 

Cut parchment paper into 4-by-5-inch pieces and wrap each caramel, twisting the ends. Store in the refrigerator and serve the caramels chilled.

Bon app├ętit!

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Claire!!! :)