Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Salted Caramel Sauce

Sweet & Salty

Just too good to wait!!

This was made as a topping for a specific recipe, but frankly, after one taste I decided that it deserved a post of it’s own! 

When it comes to caramel sauce there are many shortcuts that can be taken, but tonight I decided to take the long road.  Actually, it wasn’t very long at all, just a bit tedious (Constant stirring is a must, or you’ll end up with a burnt, sticky mess!). Find the patience, ‘cause it’s worth it! 

With so many possibilities…pouring it over ice cream, drizzling it on cakes and pies, using it as a fruit dip or warm fondue...let’s face it, it might be best eaten with a spoon right out of the bowl!  As far as what I originally made it for, you’ll just have to wait and see. 

Check back soon!

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar
½ cup heavy cream
1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp coarse salt

In heavy pan cook sugar over medium heat stirring constantly until dissolved into amber colored syrup. 

Remove pan from heat and gradually whisk in heavy cream (adding cream too quickly may cause the syrup to seize).  Whisk until smooth, add butter and salt, continue whisking until butter is completely melted.  Allow syrup to cool slightly.  Serve warm or store in airtight container.

Makes approx. 1 cup.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flavors of Fall

I've recently decided to dedicate the Crumb Coat Cakes blog to cake decorating only, so I thought I'd move the following post here.  I hate to be repetitive, so I apologize if you've already seen it.  Hang in there while I get things up and running...

Cream Cheese Bars

Fall is near!!!!!    The next few months are my favorite of the year, and this cheesecake bar is the perfect preparation!  Cheesecake, oats, nuts, apple butter, mmmmmm!  I found this recipe on a blog that I follow, Bake or Break. Couldn't wait to give it a shot.  The original recipe called for cashews.  I had pecans on hand, so that's what I used. Oh sooo good!!  I'll definitely make these again, and again, and again! Someone also suggested using pumpkin butter in place of the apple butter. Hmmm?  Well, I do LOVE pumpkin, so I bought some today.  Can't wait to taste the variation! Enjoy!