I recently came across a great recipe HERE for homemade caramels.
I had tried the Barefoot Contessa recipe for Salted Caramels at Christmas, and although they tasted great, I think I didn't cook them enough and it was soft....really soft. Impossible to cut and roll into pieces. And I also realized that even though it's a big trendy thing right now, I really don't like salt on my caramels.
So yesterday I came upon another recipe and decided to give this a try. It worked beautifully. The Caramels are very soft, easy to chew, maybe could be a little firmer, so next time I will cook a bit longer.
|Sliced into Bite Sized squares.|
|Poured into a parchment lined pan. The cut edge is from the endless samplings.|
All you need is condensed milk,butter, brown sugar, vanilla and corn syrup. A candy thermometer (I used by digital turkey thermometer) is a must and a large saucepan and cookie sheet or 9 x 9 brownie pan. I doubled the recipe because I have a few birthdays coming up so I used the cookie sheet. This recipe is super easy, but I really wouldn't let kids do it as the boiling caramel makes for serious burns if there is a mishap.....don;t even stick your finger in to try it.
After it was cooled, I cut it into bite sized squares using a sharp knife. I cut several rows at one time, however I found it was easier to cut one row at a time because when you slice the second row, it slightly pushes the caramel into the previous row and you need to slice it again to get a clean edge.
|Old fashioned and very delicious.|
Toss them into a bowl and you could throw these on the table for desert along with some fresh fruit and cheese.
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