Monday, December 26, 2011

Microwave caramel wins

Seriously good Sea Salt Caramels that you make in the microwave!

So, the triplets and I made dark chocolate oatmeal cookies on Friday night to take to a Christmas party.  They turned out really well, in fact so well when I looked at them Friday night we only had 8 left.  So, we needed a last minute recipe to make ASAP.  I looked around in the house and we had no chocolate (yikes!).  So, the best I could come up with was making Caramels.  Anyhow, I googled and stumbled across a recipe for microwave caramels.  I was skeptical, and then amazingly surprised at how great they turned out.  Original recipe can be found  here 

Salted Caramels
1/4 cup butter
/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

  • First, just dump all the ingredients in a Microwave safe bowl.

    Microwave for  a total of  6 minutes (I did 7 b/c our microwave is a bit weird).  Anyhow, stop to stir every two minutes.  It will look like the picture below, please be careful, this stuff is hot like molten lava!

    Stir and pour into lightly greased dish, i used a greased parchment lined 8 by 8 pan. At this point I sprinkled with kosher salt (I did not have "sea salt").  My husband did inform me that all salt is technically sea salt, LOL.  Anyhow, Kosher salt worked well if you have that on hand. This is what mined looked like after it hardened after a few hours on the counter and I removed it from the pan.

    Cut and enjoy!

    1 comment:

    1. this is a fantastic recipe - thank you for sharing it. however, just a little DidYouKnow- all salt does not, in fact, come from the sea. Most table salt is lab created by mixing Sodium Hydroxide with Hydrochloric Acid (essentially gastric juice). The Sodium "sticks" to the chlorine, yielding Sodium Chloride (salt) and the byproduct is just water. Pretty cool since you can mix two deadly chemicals and just get salt and water. Sea Salt, however, is ocean water that has been filtered and evaporated. The benefit to using sea salt rather than iodized salt is that you get all the added minerals from the sea, magnesium, potassium, calcium etc. Hope you enjoyed this little chemistry schpeal. Ill be using your recipe for the holidays!