Sorry for not blogging for over two weeks .... i was super-busy when Christmas came around.... but I'm back, and we're back! To start off the New Year, Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake chose Chocolate Creme Caramels. At first, I was going to make half the recipe. I changed my mind on Christmas eve and went for the full recipe -- to bring as a treat to my aunt's Christmas Day dinner.
I'm blogging about this about a week later and if i remember correctly:
I used a medium sized sauce pan because I wasn't paying attention to the recipe when it read USE A LARGE POT. When the thermometer hit 220 degrees that's when things got a little scary in my kitchen: the caramel boiled over FAST, and when I say boiled over -- I mean out of the pot and onto the burner -- sugar everywhere! I immediately turned the flame to low. I then played with the heat from low to medium to high back to medium and then to low again... going from 220 degrees to 248 degrees took forever (about 30 minutes)! Eventually i got to 248 degrees and turned off the heat and poured the mixture into my 10" square cake pan and let it set (overnight).
On Christmas morning, after M opened up all her presents I whipped out my ruler and measured out 1x1 inch squares. After cutting and eating, I had about 8 dozen of these lil beauties. I used mini cupcake wrappers and placed them in lil treat boxes (2 dozen per box). These were a hit at dinner and at the office (I had so many i had to distribute them everywhere).
Thanks, Jeanette for a great pick! Next time, I'll either make half the recipe or use a larger pot!