Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fleur de Sel Caramels

I've been obsessed with salted caramel lately. First, I encountered some through a friend, who gave my sister and I a load full of them. Needless to say, we polished off those babies in well under two days... then I made these Salted Caramel Cupcakes, which fueled my obsession even more!
Those cupcakes were probably one of my favorite cupcakes I've made so far; the perfect combination of salty and sweet which is perfect because I hate when cupcakes are too, too sweet. That's where the salt comes in. Salt is added to almost every baked good imaginable because it heightens the flavor and cuts down on the sugary-high.
These caramels were simple and delicious! The only real special thing you need is a candy thermometer but other than that the ingredients are simple and so is the process. And the end result? Well, let's just say I'm going to have to visit my dentist reallllll soon and he won't be too happy with me!

Fleur de Sel Caramels

Yields: 30 caramels

Original recipe can be found here.


Printable Recipe


Vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup heavy cream

5 tbsn. unsalted butter

1 tsp. fleur de sell, plus extra for sprinkling

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then brush the paper lightly with oil, allowing the paper to drape over two sides. In a deep saucepan, stir together 1/4 cup water with the sugar and corn syrup and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to boil until mixture is a warm, golden brown color. Don't stir - just swirl the pan to mix. Watch carefully, as it will burn quickly at the end. In the meantime, in a small pan, bring the cream, butter and 1 tsp. fleur de del to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set aside.


When sugar mixture is a warm, golden color, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful! It will bubble up violently. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 F (firm ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Very carefully pour the caramel into the prepared pan and refrigerate until firm.


When caramels are cold, use the parchment paper to pry the sheet from the pan onto a cutting board (the caramels will be supple and easy to handle, if too stiff, allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes). Cut into 1-inch squares, taking care not to tough the caramel with your finger. Sprinkle each with fleur de sell and wrap individually in glassine or parchment paper. Store in refrigerator and serve caramels chilled.

Mmmmm salty goodness!

13 comments:

  1. These look fantastic. Would be a great gift for the holidays!

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  2. I think I need to get myself a candy thermometer!

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  3. Hooray for sweet + salty!! These look amazing!

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  4. Your caramel sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Beautiful! I had fleur de sel caramels in Paris years ago and fell in love... now I can make them... thanks!!! Great pictures too!

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  6. Oh, I love that salty sweet combo! Great job. Your caramels look perfect!
    ~ingrid

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  7. Gorgeous photos and candies, Michelle! Love the mirrored surface.

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  8. Hi Michelle!
    How long do these caramels keep? Im making them for a christmas present...will they look as gorgeous and fresh if i make them 4 or 5 days in advance?

    Thanks!
    Sophie

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  9. Hi Sophie!

    The caramels do keep well but they have to be individually wrapped or else they will stick together like crazy and I wouldn't sprinkle them with the salt because it would just dissolve into the caramel anyway! Enjoy and happy holidays!

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  10. These turned out just like the pictures! Awesome recipe. Thank you.

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