Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bacon Caramels

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon....I LOVE bacon.  I also love caramels and this is a match made in heaven!

If you are a bacon lover or know someone who is, I guarantee you that these will be a big hit!  Providing samples with the ingredients "undisclosed" (because there are those who will be skeptics) result in rave reviews.

I cut these in small squares, probably 1 inch by 1 inch and wrapped them in waxed paper.  I think these would be wonderful cut in smaller pieces and added to Cheesecake Ice Cream (appearing later in the blog).

Bacon Caramels


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream, divided
1/4 cup maple syrup
12 strips of crisp cooked  bacon, crumbled into pieces

  1. Thoroughly butter an 8x8 Pyrex dish and set aside.
  2. Set aside 1/2 cup of the heavy cream.
  3. In a medium saucepan (non-stick of you have one), combine all remaining ingredients except the bacon.
  4. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until temperature reaches 240 degrees F.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cream.
  6. Return the plan to the burner and continue to cook to 245 degrees F.
  7. Immediately remove from heat and stir in two-thirds of the crumbled bacon.  Mix well.
  8. Pour the caramel into the buttered dish.
  9. Top with the remaining crumbled bacon. 
  10.  Let set for at least 3 hours before cutting.  In the heat we've had this summer, I'd also recommend refrigerating these after they have cooled to room temperature.
.....and that is What's Cooking At Cathy's ~ Enjoy!

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