Monday, December 28, 2009

Microwave Caramels

Candy Making is no joke
thermometers and recrystallization fears
thats why I use the microwave
~it's a steady heat ~
and makes things so crazy easy

Microwave Caramels 

(this is not health food)

all I do to make these treats is:

1. Throw everything except vanilla in a bowl (heat safe)
2. Microwave until everything is combined - around 3 minutes
3. Don't be nervous as you watch the butter sink into the sugars
like the Titanic sank into the ocean
4. Give it a good stir  -  (use pot holders- it's hot)
5. Keep microwaving until it bubbles and deepens color (like 8 minutes)
you can also drip some of the resulting caramel
into a cup of cold water to see if it beads up
6. Stir in vanilla
7. Pour lovely rich caramel into a parchment lined 9x9 pan
8. Chill
9. Cut up and enjoy

I dip mine in Dark Chocolate and sprinkle with salt
*its good just as it is though*

You can use all white sugar
it takes a few minutes longer
~but the flavor is a bit deeper I think~