Monday, December 21, 2009

Salted Chocolate Caramels

Yesterday before dinner I made these fabulous caramels. I had only made caramels once before and had not boiled them long enough, so it was a fear I had. It isn't fun scraping a gooey mass back into a pot to reboil. I did however boil these a little longer than the recipe said too, my fear. They are soft caramels but they do hold their shape. I cut them into squares last night and wrapped them in waxed paper, I am very very pleased with them.

The recipe was found on Epicurious. Enjoy!

Salted Chocolate Caramels

yield: Makes about 64 candies

active time: 45 min

total time: 3 1/2 hr

It's the sprinkle of sea salt that really takes these caramels over the top, teasing out the creamy richness of the buttery chocolate candies.
  • ingredients

    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 10 1/2 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked), finely chopped
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
    • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt such as Maldon
    • Vegetable oil for greasing

    • Special equipment: parchment paper; a candy thermometer


    Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch straight-sided square metal baking pan with 2 long sheets of crisscrossed parchment.

    Bring cream just to a boil in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat, then reduce heat to low and add chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then stir until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat.

    Bring sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, uncovered, without stirring but gently swirling pan occasionally, until sugar is deep golden, about 10 minutes. Tilt pan and carefully pour in chocolate mixture (mixture will bubble and steam vigorously). Continue to boil over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until mixture registers 255°F on thermometer, about 15 minutes. Add butter, stirring until completely melted, then immediately pour into lined baking pan (do not scrape any caramel clinging to bottom or side of saucepan). Let caramel stand 10 minutes, then sprinkle evenly with sea salt. Cool completely in pan on a rack, about 2 hours.

    Carefully invert caramel onto a clean, dry cutting board, then peel off parchment. Turn caramel salt side up. Lightly oil blade of a large heavy knife and cut into 1-inch squares.

    Cooks' notes:•If desired, additional sea salt can be pressed onto caramels after cutting.
    •Caramels keep, layered between sheets of parchment or wax paper, in an airtight container at cool room temperature 2 weeks.
    •Caramels can be wrapped in 4-inch squares of wax paper; twist ends to close.


    Jason said...

    Mmmmmm! These sound very yummy. I wonder if I can convince Em to make these =)

    Pegg said...

    Jason, I think you should make these for Em!

    Nancy said...

    I just bought some fleur de sel yesterday - I think I know what I'm going to make!
    ...well after the espresso shortbread!

    Pegg said...

    I am really in love with these caramels.. haha.. just what I don't need to be in love with...
    Mmm they are so tasty, with just that little hit of salt.