A delicious thing, at 1 am

9 Sep

I can’t sleep, well, actually, I was sleeping and then I woke up and now I can’t get back to sleep… wide awake.  I got up to pay bills, online, but the money isn’t in my account yet…I thought that in the amazing world that is online, direct deposit banking, the money simply appeared after midnight on the appointed day.  I was wrong.  So, instead I surf  the net, read various food blogs and then I’m kinda hungry. I head downstairs for a glass of warm soy chai.  So delicious and comforting and I know that it will help me sleep.  But no, apparently someone else in my house got to the soy chai first.  I opt for a warm glass of plain vanilla soy instead.    Ohhhhhh, so yucky!!! Kinda like drinking dirty water flavoured with an even dirtier copper penny that had been melted down with a dash of cinnamon on top.  Beyond disgusting, I immediately look in the fridge for something to put in my mouth to replace the dirty water flavour.  And then, I remember, there it is, my salted caramel spread that  had made a few weeks ago, a miracle, there was actually some left;  only because the bowl had been relegated (not by me) to the bottom shelf and then pushed to the back of the fridge where  the ratty box of baking soda lives.  Because I am NOT a double dipper, I grab two spoons and dig in.  The texture is thick like peanut butter, but the flavour is one that peanut butter can only envy; butterscotch/caramel with a hint of salt at the end as it melts in your mouth and slides down your throat to fill your one o’clock in the morning tummy with happiness.  So I grab two more spoons (did I mention they were tablespoons?)  After my seventh, I’m happy, and jacked on sugar(surprised?) so instead of going back to bed and tossing about, I’m going to post this recipe.  It is a bit tricky, the golden brown caramel mixture in your pan will go from golden brown to burnt brown in a matter of two minutes.  So don’t leave your pan on the stove to let the cat out, no matter how much she’s whining at the time.  But other than that, go for it.  It’s also delicious on pound cake, ice cream, toast, pancakes, scones,tea spoons, and fingers, really, pretty much anything.

I first saw this recipe on the blog Apartment Therapy, it was from a German blog site and the recipe was in grams, I’ve converted it into Imperial and it worked really well.  Making this is way more fun than paying bills.

Salted Caramel Spread

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 1/2 tbsp. cold water

8 1/2 ounces cold butter (salted or unsalted, if you use unsalted butter, you may want to increase the salt by a large pinch), cut into chunks

3/4 tsp. sea salt

7 ounces heavy cream (35%), warmed in the microwave for 1 minute

Place the sugar and the water in a heavy saucepan over high heat, swirl the pan to melt the sugar evenly, but then stop and cook until the mixture is the colour of a warm butterscotch.

Using a long handled heavy wooden spoon, add butter one piece at a time.  Be careful, the mixture will sizzle and splatter.  Cook, stirring for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat, and add the warmed cream, stirring to combine.  Pour into clean jars and let cool.  this spread should keep for at least two months in your fridge.  Mine never actually lasts that long, unless it ends up on the bottom shelf in the fridge beside the box of baking soda that needs replacing, in which case, it’s mine for the taking, even at 1 am.

In the beginning...

The middle...

The delicious end. (It will thicken to spreading consistency in the fridge)



(it’s 1:45 am, and I’m finally tired, the money is finally in my account, but the bills can wait until morning, Good night everyone.)

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