Thursday, December 22, 2011

salted caramels and coffee

homemade salted caramel

sprinkled with a little fleur de sel

Blue Bottle and Caramels

a perfect morning

a gift for friends

I've come to the conclusion that salted caramels go incredibly well with dark, black coffee ... preferably Blue Bottle. Two evenings ago ... I had a late night baking session and made 50 pieces of salted caramel. For some reason, I have always been intimidated when it comes to baking caramels but ... being that I wanted to gift caramels this year ... I knew I had to get over my fear. Luckily, I found a great recipe, purchased my ingredients, and conquered my fear. But, my success was not a walk in the park. My first attempt was one big fat fail. I made what tasted and felt like caramel brittle, however, I knew I could not give up. So, I boiled my cream and butter with a teaspoon of fleur de sel, started boiling my sugar, water, and corn starch, and realized that in my first attempt I added my cream way too late. 
With a vengeance I was determined to succeed and this time around I did.
 I made the softest, sweetest caramel that I have ever sank my teeth into. 

The very next morning I cut my squares of parchment, brewed some Blue Bottle Coffee, and happily wrapped my buttery caramels. I swear for every four caramels I wrapped, one was enjoyed. I packaged the caramels in a clear glass jar, tied white and red raffia around the jar, and gifted the caramels to our close friends. I have to say my favorite moment was watching my friends unwrap each caramel, pop them into their mouths, and smile ... for me that is the sole reason why I love to bake.

Wishing all of you the happiest of holidays filled with love, laughter, good food, good times, and lots of cheer.  I will be taking a holiday break from Coeur de La, so, I will be back at it next week.
Happy Baking, Eating, and Season's Greetings!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

red velvet cupcakes

Just a quick hello as I am still without internet. So, I am writing this post from naturally ... my favorite coffee shop. I am over at Cake today sharing my tips for making the perfect cupcake ... head on over and take a look.

Don't forget to enter the Holiday Giveaway here.

Bisous. Bisous.