Surprise of the century: The Brain Trust has cooked up yet another wonderful Week to share with all of you.
Enter: Caramel Week.
It may go down in history as The Greatest Amongst The Weeks, but I will leave that for you to decide.
I decided to action this Popcorn Crunch Sundae because we do not eat nearly enough ice cream in this house. In fact, I so knew that this was my New Calling In Life that I tore it out of my issue of bon appetit as soon as it came in the door.
I have never ever made hot fudge from scratch before, much less caramel, so this adventure was packed full of all sorts of new things.
So let’s talk about how easy it is to action hot fudge from scratch, shall we?
First, in a cool saucepan, you will combine: corn syrup, sugar, water and unsweetened cocoa.
It will look exactly like a cooking show. What I really mean is that it will look like a disaster scene.
Once that is simmering you will pull it off of the heat and add: Chocolate Chips (I’ve found that 1 oz of those is approximately 1/4 cup), butter, vanilla and salt.
Stir to mix and melt it all. Et voila.
Hot fudge by your patio door.
For the Popcorn Crunch portion of our show, knowing what I know now, what I would do?
Buy a box of Cracker Jacks and action the hot fudge sauce from this recipe.
Alternately, what I would do: Use some of that really excellent Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Sauce and toss a handful of peanuts on top of some ice cream along with the hot fudge sauce this recipe instructs you to action.
What’s tricky about making caramel: it turns into a terrifying hot lava that is sort of burned before you even know it. Especially when you are counting on the gentle guidance of cooking times to lead you to victory.
Glass half-full: I think we all know that nothing could be a debacle on the order of Salad Week’s Cheese and Calavo Salad.
And I think we can all agree that something that looks like this isn’t a half-bad end-result. 😉
What I didn’t know when I picked out this recipe is that I would be actioning it on the prettiest days we have had this spring and that it would end up being The Perfect Lunch. You should really grab a spoon for yourself and dig in!
Inspired yet? Click here for the recipe.
The Caramel Week festivities continue in the biggest and best of ways. If you aren’t So Moved to Create based off of this line-up, we probably can’t be friends.
- Monday: Check out Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic’s Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche, Beka at Kvetchin’ Kitchen’s Caramel Apple Pie and Mads of La Petite Pancake’s Caramel and Banana Bread Pudding.
- Tuesday: Allison at Decadent Philistines Save the World gives us a twist on caramel with Tamari-Caramel Sauce (it goes over pork tenderloin AND Baked Brie!) Carrie at Bakaholic Mama brings us back with Milk Duds Brownies
- Wednesday: Jeanne at Inside NanaBread’s Head and Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic declare war on alfajores. Try Chocolate-Coated Alfajores with Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel (Jeanne’s!) and Traditional Alfajore Sandwich Cookies (Kirsten’s!). Haley over at The Girly Girl Cooks’ Almost-Famous Fairground Caramel Sauce is also on the menu as well as and Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain’s Dulce de Leche Milkshakes.
- Thursday: I’m tag-teaming with Christina at Buffy and George who actions Butterscotch Pudding. Beka at Kvetchin’ Kitchen offers up another twist on classic caramel with Red Wine Caramel Sauce.
- Friday: Madeline at Munching in the Mitten bakes Caramel Cake, and Megan from Wanna be a Country Cleaver goes a little retro and a little great with Pear Caramel Mini Cheesecakes
- Saturday: Invite yourself for brunch while Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic changes lives with Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer, while Katie of The Hill Country Cook shows-off a Salted Caramel Pie