I want to apologize in advance for the lack of pictures in yesterday’s and today’s posts….I keep forgetting to take them! =D
Anyway, I wanted to take a break from bread-baking. My dad wants to make nut brittle, but we weren’t sure if the corn syrup we have here (sort of halfway between light and dark) would work. So I decided that I would find a recipe that specifically called for light corn syrup, use ours, and see if it worked. If it did, I figured that we would also be able to make brittle. So, in my search, I found a caramel recipe. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not a huge caramel fan….unless its salted, but everyone else in my family enjoys it. So I thought that I’d halve the recipe and try it out. Before I continue with my story, I’ll post the recipe, because it does taste pretty good:
Soft n’ Chewy Caramels (copied from Taste of Home)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; butter the foil. Set aside. In a Dutch oven, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in remaining cream. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball stage), stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla until well mixed, about 5 minutes.
- Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Remove foil from pan; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: 2 pounds.
Well, I got started, and realized that I could not, for the life of me find my mom’s candy thermometer. So I figured that I’d use the cold water test and guesstimate when the candy was done. Have I mentioned that I’ve never actually made candy before? Because I haven’t. And I didn’t cook it long enough. So now we have caramel goo….tastes fine, but it cannot be wrapped up in cute little wax paper squares. Its sitting in the fridge, and my sister eats it with a spoon. =D So maybe I’ll just stick with non-candy related recipes for a while……
Anyway, I’m pretty sure that today we’re going to hang out at home for a while….which is just fine by me!
Hope you all have a wonderful, restful weekend!