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The best caramel I have ever tasted in my life, with a bonus! It’s Vegan! Maybe you can use this fact to justify eating an entire batch with a spoon…
Melt the butter* in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla, continually stir until the mixture simmers.
Once it is simmering add the baking soda, remove from heat and keep stirring! The mixture will foam up, keep stirring until you achieve a smooth texture with no large bubbles.
Right there in the pan, looking up at you just begging to be eaten will be the bast caramel sauce in the world. Please wait for it to cool or it will burn your tongue… I may or may not know this from personal experience.
Pore the sauce over popcorn, ice cream, apples, brownies… or eat it with your fingers, whatever.
*Note: this recipe can be made with normal butter, it works just fine.
The ‘pots’ for pots de crème au chocolat are not a requirement for making this dark chocolate cream. The dessert may very well be made in ramekins and it will taste every bit as good.
In taste and texture the baked cream resembles a dark chocolate truffle which is why a small ‘pot’ goes a long way. However the special charm of the dessert is in the tubby little lidded ceramic ‘pots’ in which it traditionally is baked.
I chose to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate, so that the chocolate flavor would really punch through. This provided the perfect balance of chocolate to make the whole frosting completely “milk chocolate” in flavor.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!