Chocolate Cashew Caramels with Fleur de Sel
 
 
Ingredients
  • Unsalted Cashews
  • Semisweet Baker’s chocolate
  • Fleur de Sel (or finishing salt)
  • *Homemade Caramel
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare a glass pan (I used a 9x9 square) by either liberally spraying it with cooking spray or rubbing the inside with butter. Some people suggest wax paper but that turned out disastrous for me because it almost permanently stuck to the hardened caramel. I suggest a glass pan as well because it is the easier for removing the finished product.
  2. *this step is unnecessary if you plan on making your candies all at once. I broke my process up into several days but it can definitely be done in one or two
  3. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Then add the sugars and corn syrup and stir well. Lastly add the evaporated milk and whipping cream.
  4. Stir continuously until the mixture starts to boil. Now STOP stirring and let it boil until the mixture has reached 245 degrees on your candy thermometer. It will be slow starting at first but the last minute or two is the most crucial. You must pay extremely close attention to your candy thermometer so that the caramel doesn’t burn (which is very easy to do, almost everyone burns it at least once – especially on your first try).
  5. **at this point you can either continue to make your candy or stop and work on it another day.
  6. > if you continue, let the caramel cool in the pot and then mix in your cashews
  7. > If you plan to stop here and work on it later: When the caramel has reached the appropriate temperature, turn off your stove and immediately remove the pot from the heat. Then stir in the vanilla. Pour the caramel into your prepared pan. Let cool completely and cover with plastic wrap or tin foil (I used foil).
  8. If you let your caramel cool completely, remelt it in the microwave for about 15 seconds and mix in your cashews. If you didn't wait obviously you can skip this step.
  9. With a metal spoon scoop the caramel cashew mixture and place them on a sheet of wax paper to cool and harden. Let them cool completely because they will soften somewhat during the chocolate dipping process.
  10. Melt the bakers chocolate in a double boiler. I personally don't know how to properly temper chocolate at this point, so I really can't give you tips on that just yet.
  11. Once the chocolate has cooled somewhat, dip each caramel one at a time into the melted chocolate.Remove the candy with a fork and place it back onto the wax paper. Before it has had time to harden and cool, lightly sprinkle with fleur de sel.
Recipe by A Sue Chef at http://www.asuechef.com/chocolate-cashew-caramels-with-fleur-de-sel/