If you haven't spent the holidays with Full Circle Foodie before, I'd like to extend a warm welcome. This is my fifth year executing my "Baked with Love" project where I bake a variety of cookies and candies and then package them up all pretty to give, with love, to coworkers, friends and family.
Each year, I incorporate tried and true traditions as well as new recipes that I am equally excited about. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy your stay as my 2012 Box of Love unfolds before your eyes!
After discovering how easy it was to make caramels, I got hooked and wanted to try new flavors. My next adventure included gingerbread caramels and they turned out to be a huge hit. The buttery caramels paired with the molasses and gingerbread spices was the perfect holiday indulgence.
Gingerbread Spice CaramelsIngredients:2 cups heavy cream
1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
- Prepare a 9x13" cake pan with a light coating of cooking spray followed by a layer of parchment paper. Make sure parchment covers bottom and all sides; two overlapping pieces forming a cross work well.
- In a large, heavy pot over high heat bring heavy cream, corn syrup and sugar, butter and molasses to a boil. Stir continuously and cook until caramel temperature reads 248 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla, butter and spices. Take caution as caramel will violently bubble when vanilla is added.
- Immediately pour caramel into prepared pan. Do not scrape the bottom of the pot into the pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 24 hours before cutting.
- Invert caramel onto a cutting board lined with a piece of parchment paper. Carefully peel original parchment paper off of the caramel and cut into desired size with a large sharp knife. Wrap in 4x4 inch candy foil or wax paper. Store in an airtight container.