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Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramels

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Level: Intermediate

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20

Description

Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramels can be made plain or poured over shortbread.

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 cups White Sugar
  • ½ cups Light Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cups Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Cut Into Chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Sea Salt For Sprinkling

Preparation

Prepare an 8-inch square pan by lining with parchment paper. Butter parchment well, ensuring that you cover the bottom and sides.

In a saucepan, combine cream, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Warm to just before boiling, then remove from heat and set aside.

In a second heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup and water. Turn heat to medium and let the mixture boil until it reaches 240 degrees F (the soft ball point on a candy thermometer).

Then very carefully add the pumpkin cream to the sugar mixture and stir. Bring to 220-240ºF on a candy thermometer. I like to keep a bowl of ice water here and begin testing the caramel consistency once it reaches 210ºF, since everyone has different preferences for caramel firmness. (Continue stirring occasionally through this–it may take 30-45 minutes to come to temperature.)

As soon as it reaches desired consistency, pull it off the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Stir vigorously so that butter is fully incorporated. Pour immediately into prepared parchment-lined pan.

Let cool 30-40 minutes before sprinkling with salt. Cut into single serving pieces using kitchen shears (or knife).

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jhuffy on 10.7.2011

These look great! I can’t wait to try them!

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Dawn-Renée on 10.9.2011

These were very, very good. They are lovely and pumpkin-y. The only changes I would make is I would use Baker’s Sugar next time, as they are just a wee bit gritty. Also, I had to start stirring constantly when I hit 210-215, as my caramel was burning on the bottom. I brought mine up up 235 before I finished them. I live at altitude; about 5600 feet.

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