Sea Salt Apple Cider Caramels

Sea Salt Apple Cider Caramels

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cool Time: 2 hours or more
Total Time: About 3 hours

Servings: 64 1-inch pieces

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider (recommended: buy at the local farmer’s market)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt (or 1 ½ teaspoons normal salt)
8 tablespoons butter, cut into slices at the tablespoon marks
1 cup white sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
Bowl of ice water
Vegetable oil for cutting

Directions:
1. Line 8″x8″ straight-edged metal pan with parchment paper. TIP: If you don’t have a square pan, use a 9-inch metal cake pan.
2. Boil apple cider in large, tall pot for 30 to 45 minutes, until liquid is reduced to about ½ cup of apple cider. Stir occasionally.

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

3. While apple cider is boiling, mix together cinnamon and salt in small bowl.

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

4. While reducing apple cider, mix butter, white sugar, brown sugar and heavy cream in separate bowl.

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

5. When apple cider looks like it’s almost ready, prepare bowl of cold water with several ice cubes.

6. When apple cider has been reduced to about ½ cup or less, remove from heat and stir in butter, sugar and heavy cream. Put pot back on medium-high heat and let boil for about 5 minutes or less. To check if caramel is done, drizzle some caramel into bowl of ice water and see if you can bend it into a small ball. TIP: If you have a candy thermometer or deep-fry thermometer, the caramel is done when it reaches 252ºF!

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

7. Immediately remove caramel from heat and stir in cinnamon and salt mixture.
8. Pour caramel into prepared pan. (Warning: Caramel will be very hot! Be careful not to burn yourself.)

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

9. Place in fridge and let cool for 2 hours or until firm.

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

10. When you’re ready to cut caramel, put it on cutting board. Make sure to oil your knife before cutting, so that the knife doesn’t stick to the caramel.

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Photo by Holly Birchfield

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s amazing original recipe.

This dessert is perfect for impressing your parents and friends at Thanksgiving. Go ahead, give it a try!

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