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Homemade Delight: Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels

Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

‘Tis the season for temptations. And for gift giving. So if you’re looking for the perfect holiday present, treat your family and friends to some festive handmade candy. As easy to make as they are impressive, these luscious Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels can make a thoughtful hostess gift and are sure to delight all the sweets lovers on your list.

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Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels
Recipe from Bon Appétit (makes about 100 caramels)

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • Special Equipment: A candy thermometer

    Instructions
    Lightly coat an 8×8” baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2” overhang on 2 sides; spray parchment.

    Bring sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until mixture turns a deep amber color, 8–10 minutes.

    Remove pan from heat and whisk in sweetened condensed milk and butter (mixture will bubble vigorously) until smooth. Fit pan with thermometer and return to medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until thermometer registers 240°. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon and kosher salt. Pour into prepared pan; let cool. Sprinkle caramel with sea salt, cut into ¾” pieces, and wrap individually in parchment paper.

    Do Ahead: Caramels can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store wrapped tightly in plastic in airtight container at room temperature. Image courtesy of Bon Appétit

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    Halloween Happenings in New York City

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 09:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    With October 31st just around the corner, many of NYC’s restaurants and bars are getting into the spooky spirit with seasonal specials, tasty treats, and a few tricks too. From pumpkin carving contests to themed costume parties, here are some of the city’s best bets for a hauntingly good time this Halloween.
     

     
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    2010 New York Chocolate Show

    Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 06:11 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

    Creamy, dreamy, decadent—chocolate. Does it really need that much of an introduction? The world’s most sensual confection certainly speaks for itself, so I’ll keep this post short and (utterly) sweet. I just came back from a chocolate lovers paradise—New York’s 13th annual Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. For four days, chocoholics rejoice in the ultimate showcase of all things cocoalicious, including demos from award-winning chefs, book signings, a cocoa-chic fashion show and dozens of premier chocolatiers from around the world (think France, Italy, India and beyond) passing out samples of their irresistibly indulgent creations.

    Artisan assortment from Christophe Roussel

    Tickets are still on sale for tomorrow’s 10am-6pm session ($28 in advance/$30 at the door; Sunday’s culinary demos include Johnny Iuzzini from Jean Georges, Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Zac Young, Matt Gennuso from Chez Pascal, and many more!), so go treat yourself to a sinfully delicious feast. If you’re still not convinced, then maybe the tempting choco-tography below will tantalize your tastebuds—enjoy!

    If you do go tomorrow, be sure to get there early—the line was really long today, but oh-so worth it.

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