crazy for caramel

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okay so lets be honest here… im kind of addicted to caramel.

i try to stay away, but truth is.. its my weakness. so i finally made a tiny investment and bought myself a wonderful little candy mold from hobby lobby! πŸ™‚

its adorable if i may say so myself, and quite inexpensive when you add on a 40% off coupon! πŸ™‚

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caramel is super easy to make and doesnt take much time, and with a silicone mold theres hardly any mess.

For this occasion i used Martha Stewarts recipe.. minus the salt

 

Classic Caramel Candies

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable oil, for baking sheet
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pureΒ vanillaΒ extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Lightly brush bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides; lightly brush parchment with oil.

  2. STEP 2

    Bring cream, sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Immediately remove caramel from heat, and stir in salt andvanilla. Pour caramel onto baking sheet, and let stand, uncovered, at room temperature at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

  4. STEP 4

    Lifting by parchment overhang, transfer caramel to a large cutting board. Cut into 3/4-by-1 1/4-inch pieces; wrap each piece in waxed paper or cellophane.

SOURCE

Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

then i decided to play around and add some chocolate.. because why not? πŸ™‚

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If it has fruit it has to be healthy.. right?

Hello there! So yesterday when I made that delicious water.. I also made some fruit tarts! πŸ™‚
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Now fruit tarts are my weakness. I can pass up the ooey gooey chocolate brownies and chocolate pot de cremes

But you put down a fruit tart in front of me and you wont see it again haha.

So I have made these in class and boy did they look pretty… If course I had the correct pan and I also had the glaze
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Step 1: so I first started with my tart shell… Now these recipes are from my book that I bought from school
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So I will get the tart shell reicpe and type that one up later πŸ™‚

So once your dough is in the frige resting you can move on to..

step 2:start your pasty cream
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So this recipe is actually from a small book that my teacher put together and I had to buy for class

So I first gathered all my ingredients
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Then I put my cream, vanilla brand and half my sugar in a pot and let come to a boil.

Meanwhile I whisked my eggs and remaining sugar

As soon as my cream reached a boil I slowly incorporated it into my eggs and then put it back over the heat to reach a boil and thicken.

I keep the stove on medium high and whisk continuously to avoid burning and help thickening.

As soon as it thickens, toss into the mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk until cooled
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While your cream is cooling go ahead and cut out your dough
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I then put the shells into a muffin pan. And baked for about ten minutes.

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Once my shells cooled I added some pastry cream and fruit πŸ™‚
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Sunset

So last night I snapped a picture of the beautiful California sunset
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Nature is truly the most beautiful thing in life. This is the kind of thing that inspires me to acheive greatness. Create beauty. πŸ™‚

So on a new note… I want to bake haha. I have a little 4 hour shift at work but as soon as I get home I’m going to try making candied orange peels. I’m going for a more simplistic kind of candy today. I’ve never had candied orange peel.. but there’s a first for everything right? πŸ™‚

hello!

Hey there. My names stephanie. 21 years young πŸ™‚ what Imageinspires me? What makes me smile? Baking. Decorating. Satisfying a sweet tooth. My dream is to open up my own bakery and I’m here to share my journey with you. The good the bad and the beautiful πŸ™‚

Since I was young I’ve loved baking. Every holiday my dad would make cookies and I got to be his little helper. Decorating cookies. Being sloppy and getting frosting everywhere but the cookie!

From childhood dreams to a beautiful future. I hope you can watch me and support me all the way πŸ™‚