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Apr 16, 201303:49 PMFood & Dining

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Salty Sweet

Apr 16, 2013 - 03:49 PM
Salty Sweet

Opposites.  What is it about opposites together that makes them complete?

The sun and the moon, black and white, salty and sweet.  They contrast and compliment each other. Each makes the other better.

Salty sweet snacks are the ultimate marriage of decadent opposites.  Culinary examples abound.  

We have kettle korn, salted caramel ice cream, sweet and salty granola bars, and Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.   

In addition, recipes for salty sweet confections are becoming more popular.

The base of most salted caramel dishes is caramel sauce.  The sauce is not too hard to make, with a little patience and careful stirring.

The ingredients are easy and relatively inexpensive to procure.  Try the sauce first on vanilla ice cream.  

The sauce can be stored for several weeks in the fridge. Once you have mastered it, the sauce can be used as a base for other recipes. 

Salted caramel brownies, salted caramel pineapple upside down cake...the list goes on.....and on....and on.....

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt, or kosher salt

Directions

Mix the water and sugar together in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

Increase the heat and boil uncovered, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the sugar thickens and turns a medium brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.  

Monitor carefully, because as the mixture thicken it can go from caramel to burnt very quickly.    Once the caramel is a deep golden brown, remove from the heat and get ready to add cream.  

Stand back to avoid splattering, stir and add the cream while whisking constantly.  Whisk in butter and salt. 

Simmer on low, stir until the caramel dissolves and the sauce is smooth and thick, about 2 minutes.  Serve warm or add another 1/4 cup of heavy cream and serve at room temperature. 

Will keep in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  Reheat before serving.

Other links/ideas/recipes:

Massey’s - 600 West High Street, Carlisle, Pa.  Check on Facebook for daily postings of flavors.

Salted Caramel Pineapple Upside down cake - in County Living.
 http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/salted-caramel-pineapple-upside-down-cake-recipe-clv0313

Ina Garten’s Salted Caramel Brownies.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/salted-caramel-brownies-recipe/index.html

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