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:

Mags said...

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

pegasuslegend said...

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

Chef Tess said...

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

Kait said...

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

Cristine said...

They look PERFECT!

Fallon said...

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!

Chef E said...

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!

Amanda said...

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

The Duo Dishes said...

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

pigpigscorner said...

Well done! And I like the flavour!

Ingrid said...

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

Mindika said...

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.

Carrian said...

Time consuming, but I bet delicious!

Marthe said...

These look sooo decadent! Yum!

teresa said...

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!

bellini valli said...

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

Megan said...

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

Megan said...

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

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

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

Kathleen said...

Hey girlfriend! Congrats on making top 9

Jamie said...

Oh my goodness....these look incredible.

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