Saturday, December 02, 2000

Breaking away from movies for a minute...here's a fabulous recipe that I wholeheartedly recommend for those of you doing some holiday cooking...especially for those of you giving baked goods/candies as a gift. These keep well, taste nummy and are easy to make:

Soft Caramels

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
In a 4-quart saucepan, combine all ingredients except for the vanilla. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter is melted and the mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking until candy thermometer reaches 244 degrees F or a small amount of the liquid dropped into water forms a firm ball. This could take a while...up to an hour!
Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into buttered 9x13in pan. Cool. Cut into small 1x1.5 inch pieces and wrap with plastic wrap. Makes about 6 dozen!

I made these tonight...I don't know yet if they came out...the first pint of whipping cream I used was a bit curdled. I had to guess as to how much cream actually went into the recipe and replace the remainder with fresh cream. The curdled cream was two days past the expiration...surely not enough to curdle the whole damn thing. Oh, well, good thing I made 'em early enough to have a failed batch, eh? I hope you're all well!

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