Food & Drink

Apple Cider Caramels

October 24, 2012

Ingredients

– 2 cups apple cider
– 1 cup whipping cream, divided
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– Pinch nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp allspice
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/3 cup light corn syrup
– 1/2 cup butter, cubed

Directions

1. Pour the cider into a medium saucepan and boil on high for about 20 minutes or until the cider is reduced to 1/3 c. Set aside to cool.
2. Line an 8″ square pan with baking paper.
3. In a small bowl, combine 2/3 c. cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and reduced apple cider. Set aside.
4. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 c. whipping cream + enough water to reach the 1/2 c. line on the measuring cup, and corn syrup. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Insert the candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 234 degrees.
5. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cream mixture. Add the cubed butter and stir until the cream and butter are fully incorporated. Return the pan to heat and re-insert the candy thermometer. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 248 degrees.
6. Remove from heat and pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let the mixture cool completely in the refrigerator.
7. Cut the caramels into 1/2″ squares or rectangles and wrap each caramel in wax paper, if you want to make them fancy you can then wrap decorative paper on-top.
8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but I bet they won’t last that long!

 

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