Friday, 12 September 2014

A whole lotta' caramel.

So this post is inspired by one of my favourite sweet things...caramel!

I thought I would share with you some of the most delicious treats I have baked in the past year or so which feature this amazing creation.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted caramel is everywhere. I would even go as far as to say that it is bigger than peanut butter. Yep, I went there! People all over the world are jumping on this bandwagon, and I must confess, I am one of those! So when my brother was leaving for America last year, I decided what better way to bid him farewell than to bake for him! He loves caramel, so I knew this dessert would go down a treat. The pastry was deliciously flaky, and the sauce had that perfect balance of salty sweet. All in all, this was definitely one of my favourite desserts of last year! 

Mars Bar Cheesecake

Cheesecake + Mars Bar. How can you beat that combination? Cheesecake is definitely my favourite desserts, but sadly my family don't enjoy it as much as I do. That means I don't get to bake it as often as I would like. *Insert the violins*. However, I was determined to sway them, and I thought this recipe might do the trick! Whilst yes, it was completely rich and overwhelmingly sweet, the combination of the chocolate ganache, cream cheese and salty caramel made for a taste sensation. If I am being honest, it probably isn't the best choice if you are trying to convince someone that cheesecake isn't THAT rich. However, I would definitely recommend it if you love cheesecake as much as I do. 

Choc Caramel Shortbread

Last year, my friends and I hosted a biscuit swap. Basically, each person bakes a batch of biscuits and brings them to someone's house, where they swap with one another. Together with delicious tea and plenty of chatter, this was such a lovely morning. I decided to make these shortbread as they looked super cute in the book, and not tooooo difficult! The important thing to remember with shortbread is to, in a sense, undercook it. I am a fan of the real pale looking biscuit, so I always make sure that I take them out of the oven a few minutes than recommended. 

Caramel Tarts

For my boyfriend's birthday last year, he requested caramel tarts...So that is what I made! The simple combination of shortcrust pastry, smooth caramel and a dark chocolate ganache was just what we felt like after a big lunch! 

Salted Caramel Brownie

Yes...more salted caramel! But this is a bit different, I promise! For the AFL Grand Final last year, I had friends over. And whilst Mum took care of the savoury food, I was in charge of desserts (shock horror). My lovely friend Janelle loves salted caramel too, so I wanted to try out this brownie I had seen in a recipe book somewhere. The inside was incredibly gooey, with the caramel marbled throughout. I also served it with extra caramel sauce, because really, you can never have too much! 

I could go on forever about all of the caramel things I have baked, but I think that is enough for now!

A quick recipe for caramel can be found below!

Caramel (Suitable for tarts, filling for cake, slice).
© 1 can of condensed milk
© 1 tablespoon of butter
© 1/3 cup golden syrup

  1. Put all ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Cook on medium heat until mixture becomes a golden, caramel colour.
  3. Take off heat. 

Until next time, happy baking.


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