April 27, 2012

Salted Caramels

These are home grown caramels if you make your butter from a milk animal.I don't have an animal to milk so I get my butter at the getting place.

If you can believe it I actually debated posting this recipe. The whole theme of this blog is about using home grown ingredients as much as possible... and this recipe, as I make it, uses exactly NO home grown ingredients.Thank goodness I came to my senses and remembered that I'm a rule breaker!One of the dangers charms of this recipe is that you might likely find every ingredient for it in your pantry at this very minute.Another charm of this recipe is that it makes soft buttery caramels with a touch of salt that practically melt in your mouth.Another charm of this recipe is that it is simple and fun to make.And the cute individually wrapped caramels are great for gifts or bake sales or for sending to far away folks.SALTED CARAMELS

1 cup of butter
1 pound of light brown sugar
1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
a pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
a sprinkle of coarse salt

Heat butter, brown sugar, condensed milk, and pinch of salt in a large pot, stirring continuously. Caramel is done cooking when it reaches 260° on a candy thermometer. To know when caramel is ready without a thermometer drop a little bit of the cooking caramel off a spoon into cold water. It is ready when the caramel forms a firm ball in the water. (I found a nice description of candy cooking stages here.) Pour caramel into a buttered 9x13 inch pan and let cool slightly. Sprinkle a little bit of coarse salt on top (I use about a teaspoon). When caramel has cooled enough to handle pull it out of the pan and place it on a large chopping board. (Caramel is very malleable and will change shape as it is handled.) Cut caramel into fairly uniform sized pieces and wrap each piece tightly in squares of cellophane or wax paper. Simply twist the ends of the paper to finish the wrap.


dr momi said...

Great pics! Now I NEED to practice for my Christmas goody baking. :-)

Candy C. said...

Not only commonly kept ingredients but it couldn't be any easier to make! I bought a small box of salted caramels at the health food store thinking they were $2, they were obviously in the wrong spot because they were $7!! Yikes!
P.S. Have you been watching All The Pretty Horses? "The getting place." LOL!!

Anonymous said...

it's funny how there's nothing like candy to make us feel good! and your caramels make me feel better just looking at them.

THANK YOU Countrygirl

homegrown countrygirl said...

dr momi ~ That sounds like fun!

Candy C. ~ I have not seen that but it sounds like I should!

Anonymous ~ Thank you!