May 25, 2010

Fleur de Sel Caramels


You don't see candy on this blog very often.  That is because I am not really that good at candy making - certainly not because I don't love it!  However, my intense love of all things with fleur de sel and caramel could no longer be ignored.  I had to make these caramels!

  Oh yeah.  So good.  So evil and so time consuming!


I was nervous because the one other time I tried to caramelize sugar I really messed up good.  I took my time though, didn't rush things, followed the recipe exactly and it worked!  I swear it took me forever to wrap these little babies.  I also swore we were going to be allowed only one a day after having to do the tedious wrap job.  Then I ate one.  Suddenly, all that wrapping didn't seem to matter anymore and at least 10 more mysteriously disappeared.  Needless to say, the next day I took the majority of them work and I got rid of them as quickly as possible (not without downing  about 3-4 more before I pawned them off).  That evening before we went to bed I went to the cupboard to see if Grumpy decided to eat them.  Yeah, I was going to be evil and eat what I left him.  But.  He beat me too it!!!  LOL  They were gone!  Oh well.  I think I better leave these alone for a while.  I could gain every pound I lost back eating these babies!

Fleur de Sel Caramels

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

Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil parchment.
Bring cream, butter, and fleur de sel to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel.

Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248°F on thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into baking pan, sprinkle with a few more fleur de sel crystals if desired and cool 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces, then wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.


21 comments:

  1. Oh these look absolutely delicious. I've been craving caramels too!

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  2. love soft buttery gooey caramel....omg these look fabulous mouth watering~

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  3. Well...now the Devil will be making these with me too! Thanks for sharing! They look divine!

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  4. I wish I was one of your co-workers. These looks delicious and addicting. Grumpy didn't save you a piece?

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  5. MMM Love caramels. We have a friend that makes these every Christmas. It is definitely something I always look forward to. The wrapping is a nice touch and definitely worth it IMO!

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  6. I knew it I knew it when I saw those wrappers what you made! I was just talking to someone about these, and I ordered a pro candy thermometer today! I am not a candy maker either, my mom was the baker queen, so I have to say yours are gorgeous!

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  7. Man Shelby, those look incredible! You did a marvelous job. There's an orchard here in town in the fall that sells caramels like these, and they have cherry flavored. MMMMMMMMM

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  8. Those are dangerous! Looks like you'd have to try hard to only eat one a day.

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  9. Well done! And I like the flavour!

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  10. LOL, I need to give these a try. Thanks for the tip on stashing a few for myself. :)
    ~ingrid

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  11. I think I'm going to try this. I'm so terrible at making caramel, but this looks so good it's worth a try.

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  12. Time consuming, but I bet delicious!

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  13. These look sooo decadent! Yum!

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  14. a friend of ours makes caramels like these for us every christmas and we love them. the addition of that salt must make them awesome!

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  15. I am absolutely in love with salted caramel anything, and they wouldn't last long that's for sure.

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  16. Are these soft and chewt? Mine always turn out to hard. I want soft. They look very inviting!

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  17. Are these soft and chewt? Mine always turn out to hard. I want soft. They look very inviting!

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  18. Home made sticky candies..Mm! Can't go wrong.

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  19. Hey girlfriend! Congrats on making top 9

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  20. Oh my goodness....these look incredible.

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