Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ruffled Sunshine - Sea Salted Caramel Recipe & Free Download

Hello!  I'm so glad I could repay the favor to my friend Andrea and help her out with a little guest post this weekend.  My name is Jenn and I have a little space I call Ruffled Sunshine where I share a little bit of, well, everything I guess.  My husband and I own a cruiser bike/sea kayak/organics store in Washington called Greenies and we have a sweetheart of a daughter Ivy who will be four this summer.  {ack! I'm kind of freaking out about that!} Oh and my most favorite thing in the world to do is ride my bike!

 Lately I have been adding a bit of sea salt to all my sweets and have been loving the combination.  So when I saw a salted caramel recipe on pinterest I knew what my Sunday evening treat would be. Luckily I had all of the ingredients in my house which is rare for those Sunday night treat making adventures. Isn't that the worst when you don't have everything you need to try something new?  Fortunately this recipe only has three ingredients which I'm hoping you have in your house. Because if you like the whole salty/sweet thing then you will probably need to make this right away too! The original recipe was in metric measurements so I've already done the googling required for you.  And I've included a printable in case you are like me and need to give away most of what you make to get the temptation out of the house!  This recipe is adapted from Call Me Cupcake which by the way has the prettiest pictures of cakes you have ever seen.

 Here are my kitchen notes in case you are a little intimidated, which you shouldn't be because it is super easy.  {And you get to learn from my mistakes!}

+ It really is important to not to stir while melting the sugar.  I missed that part the first time and you get rock hard bits of sugar that take for-ever to melt.

+The sugar doesn't all have to be melted to remove from heat.  Once you see what is melted turn a rich amber then start swirling.

+When you stir in the butter it kind of curdles but just keep stirring it comes together!

+ I use 1/2 to 1 tsp of sea salt.  

+Be Careful!  Caramel is hot!  I promise!

+This is more of a spreadable caramel or a dip.  Just heat to drizzle.

+When I was googling the conversions the cream one said .63 cups or 3/4 cup.  Those didn't match up but I went with the 3/4 cup of cream.  The caramel ended up a lighter color and a bit runnier, more like a caramel topping.  It has a milder flavor and is just as delicious.   Feel free to try it that way too!

After I got my caramel in to a jar {one batch will fill one 1/2 pint jar or 2 of those itty bitty jars} I thought it would be such a cute thank you gift!  So I made a flag and gussied it up all cute.  As promised I've included the printable so you can make yours cute too!

I hope you like the caramel!  It is super yummy on apples, ice cream, cookies, your finger....use your imagination! And if you want I'd love it if you came by to see me at Ruffled Sunshine some time!  

Thanks so much for having me Andrea!  Have fun on your trip!


  1. Yum! I love this idea. I am always looking for fun homemade goodies that are not the same ol' cookies and breads. Thanks.
    Love your blog!
    :) Another Jen!

  2. this looks so wonderful! love the cute printable too, thanks!! xo

  3. This looks really yummy! And although I don't have all the ingredients, I am going shopping today so I can pick them up! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. i cannot wait to try this recipe and check out a new blog! :)

  5. those are the cutest. pretty sure i could slurp that whole jar up with a spoon -
    love, lindsay


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