Thursday, January 06, 2011

Earl Grey Caramels

I still had a box of Earl Grey left from making the brownies. Danny is happy enough to drink it, but I was eager to get it out of my cabinet. I can't drink it-I get the sensation of drinking a bar of soap. Thankfully, the taste (and scent) is less intense when made into candy. I ask you, is there anything caramel can't do?

This recipe makes quite a bit, as you can see. Make friends by sharing. No really, you should give away as much as you can because having a giant bag of wrapped caramels sitting on your counter is just asking to gain a few pounds.

You Will Need:

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 bags Earl Grey tea

Infuse the cream gently over low heat with the teabags for 10 minutes. Remove bags and proceed with recipe.

In a large, heavy pot, combine everything, and stir constantly to prevent scorching. Have a buttered, 8x8 pan ready for the candy.

Cook the caramel until it reaches 248 degrees F. Carefully pour into prepared pan. Let cool. Remove from pan, cut into squares, and wrap in waxed paper. You now have two less bags of that ungodly tea in your cabinet. Get your six year old to drink the rest.

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