Me? My hero doesn’t don a unitard or matching cape. My hero hasn’t really altered modern day society as a whole (although, she was part of the Carter and Ford Administration working on nuclear policy). Nope. My hero wears custom made blue button up shirts from Italy, lives in the Hamptons, and plays bridge with very attractive gay men. My hero is the one, the only Ina Garten.
One time, I drove about an hour, and waited in line for two hours to get Lord Ina’s autograph. As I waited, I had practiced over in my head all the things I was going to say to her. Things like “you have inspired me to be a better cook,” or “you have shown me to cook with love.” But when I finally got my turn to stand in front of her, I was so starstruck, and could only utter the words “Your shirt is blue!!” She smiled and nodded at me, then eyeballed her staff, as to suggest “SECURITY, we got a live one!”
Anywhoo what I’m trying to say is that this recipe I am about to post is really just one huge BIG UPS to Ina. I don’t have some cherished family recipe passed down from generations. Hell, I’m Asian, and my grandma is chilling in that Dim Sum restaurant in the sky. It’s not like “Salted Caramels” could have ever come from me. But in a fantasy world, Lord Ina is my grammy, and she has passed me this recipe to share with my Instructables friends. So with my deepest respect to Ina Garten, I share with with you Fleur De Sel Caramels.
I have added a little variation of mine to appease the choco-holics in my life. I hope you enjoy! Now how easy was that!
Step 1: Ingredients & Tools
1/4 Cup of Water
-1.5 Cups of Sugar
-1/4 Cup of Light Corn Syrup
-1 Cup of Heavy Cream
-5 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
-Sea Salt (Fleur De Sel) Enough to sprinkle on top (I'd stay away from ultra refined, granulated sea salt, as the potency level is stronger, and it lacks that sort of "rustic" look that you get from flaked or coarse sea salt)
-1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
-1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips (optional)
-1 oz of Unsweetened Chocolate (optional)
The tools you will need:
-Two heavy saucepans. I have not done this with a teflon pan, if that is all you got, I'm sure it's fine.
-8x8 baking pan