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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Update- Better Coconut Caramel

picture from the recipe LINK below)

We have been on the perfect caramel quest. Making dairy free for Abby and with dairy for her sister. I just wasn't too happy with our first caramel attempt for Abby. Since I had never made regular before I decided that is where I should start.

Had a batch or two of "burnt" or "grainy", but finally conquered it with some level of accuracy.

I opted to use the "dry" method for making caramel. No temperature watching. All about the color and the smell, a very visual approach.

It is as simple as it sounds. I pour the sugar into a thick bottom pot and make it a level layer. Turn the flame on medium-low, and leave it alone! :-) When it starts to melt and brown around the edges I move it around a bit, to avoid hot burnt spots. I find you don't want to be messing with it too much.

When it is melted and a nice caramel color(a few lumps won't be an issue)I turn off the heat and stir in a tablespoon of coconut oil. Then quickly followed by some coconut full fat milk from a can. PResto! Lots of stirring, but so far our best batch. If you notice lumps(I usually have some) I simply put a fine metal mesh strainer over a bowl or jar and strain the caramel- beautiful! Keeps the fridge for a good few weeks.

This LINK was the guide/recipe I followed to perfect the coconut caramel sauce- the pics and directions are terrific.

Just simply substitute full fat coconut milk(depending on the brand of canned milk you will get more or less cream- the more cream in the can the better, you may need the cream from more then 1 can to get the right amount.)

I use coconut oil- no problems at all! You don't get the "butter" flavor of course but still delicious!

Because my vanilla hooch is still curing, I skipped vanilla extract, and opted for a 1/2 teaspoon of pink himalayan for a "salted" caramel sauce.

Candy making is just one of those area's I haven't explored past making easy fantasy fudge(chips, marshmallow fluff etc)but right now we have only found 1 candy that is packaged that Abby can eat- which in a family of sugar lovers is not an acceptable amount of candy! :-) The candy she can eat is called Reed's ginger - they are like ginger flavored taffy- really yummy.

With the holidays approaching I may have to figure out corn free marshmallows, or corn free/dairy free /chocolate free fudge...

Abby is still struggling with some edema, but was down quite a few pds yesterday. She was moving around better last night. So hoping she has finally got back to her pre-travel baseline. Last night she tried a piece of gluten free buckwheat bread, and loved it! So another new one! Plus, buckwheat(gluten free)has a terrific nutrition profile. We decided that it would make a great stuffing for this Thanksgiving- so making safe stuffing is on the "figure it out" list. :-)
Here is a pic of her "healthy" bread that is the new favorite, will post recipe another day.


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