CHOCOLATE CARAMEL BITES
1 cup (250 mL) pecan halves
2/3 cup (150 mL) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
2 tbsp (25 mL) corn syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
2 oz (60 g) bittersweet chocolate chopped
2 tbsp (25 mL) whipping cream
Grease 24 mini muffin or tart cups; set aside.
On rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle pecans with salt.
Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until fragrant and golden,about 7 minutes.
Let cool. Remove 24 halves and set aside.
Chop remaining pecans; divide evenly among tart cups.
In small saucepan, melt condensed milk, sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring.
Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 25 to 27 minutes or until thickened, deep caramel colour and candy thermometer registers 215 to 220°F (101 to 104°C).
Remove from heat.
Immediately stir in vanilla.
Spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) into each cup; tap pans to spread evenly.
Let cool on rack.
Meanwhile, in bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling water) melt chocolate with cream; remove from heat and stir until smooth.
Spoon scant 1/2 tsp (2 mL) chocolate mixture onto centre of each candy. Top with pecan half.
Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Layer between
waxed paper in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.)
Pairs Well With
Reprinted from Celi-Yak News - Winter 2009
This chewy caramel requires a watchful eye and constant stirring.