this is one of two recipes that i tested this week, and also one of two recipes that, upon tasting, had me turning to my dog, shouting “i’m amazing!” and concluding that it was blog-ready without any changes needing to be made, despite having been tested only once. not tryna toot any horns or anything, but sometimes you need that little reminder that you’re good at the things you’re good at.
these caramels are inspired by a wonderful recipe from tara o’brady’s seven spoons. the recipe is for “spiced candied nuts” and is one of those things where, after you’ve got everything safely in the oven, you’re inevitably going to stick a finger or a spoon into what’s left in the pan of the sweet, spicy mixture and then continue doing so until the pan is so well cleaned out that you don’t even need to wash any dishes, probably!!! (first of all, proceed with extreme caution when sticking fingers into hot caramel. and second of all, you should maybe still wash those dishes)
and anything this incredibly lick-the-bowl worthy should obviously be made into a concentrated version of itself so as to be enjoyed with something like a little less guilt, or at least with a feeling rarely found elsewhere in adulthood, that you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing and all is right with the world. too much of a good thing? never heard of it.
line a 9x5 or 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray. combine the salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger,cayenne, and rosemary in a small bowl. mix well.
melt sugar and butter over medium heat in a medium, saucepan. stir in corn syrup and condensed milk.
bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until it has reached a light golden color. (this took about 13 minutes for me, but the time may vary depending on your altitude and your stove, so the most important thing is to watch for the color)
remove the pan from heat, pour in the spice mixture, and mix thoroughly. pour into the prepared pan in an even layer and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and wrap in individual candy wrappers or place into a wax paper lined container.
i don’t much know how to talk about this time of year without saying things that have been said once or twice before. you’d think by now minnesotans would’ve come up with more creative things to say to each other during winter’s 6 months, give or take, than “gosh is it cold”, “boy is it dark” and maybe a game of thrones reference or two. when engaged in this sort of small talk, i usually like to change it up a little by talking about, predictably, food. “golly am i tired of winter vegetables. what i wouldn’t give for a vine-ripe tomato!!”.
having spoken about this a bit last year, i’m not tryna sound like a broken record or an obsolete iphone model or anything, but new year’s and all of it’s resolution-making is kind of whatever, you know? i remember some wise words on probably-a-facebook-post this time last year about someone’s dislike of the almost ritualistic starting of clean slates as soon as midnight strikes, because this person chose to, instead, put their energy into continued momentum on projects that they’ve already begun.
in typical person-who-lives-on-this-planet fashion, it takes me a long time to do things sometimes. procrastination and needing like 3 naps a day and all that. unfortunately, the process of recovery from a devastating hurricane is an even slower one. and so the relevance of this post marches on
whether you just scored that promotion and are consequently lookin for a way to treat yourself to something you deserve, or you’ve just been through a simultaneous breakup/mental health spiral/hurricane and are…lookin for a way to treat yourself to something you deserve, here are a few simple ways to add a little something extra to your day!
and speaking of moms, i recently rewatched julie and julia which is the cutest lil movie and there’s a part where she’s excited about receiving her very first comment on her blog, and then it’s from her mom. that’s where i’m at right now but honestly, what’s better than a mom?? this blog might not have more than three followers at the moment but 100% of the comments it has received have the words “i love you” in them and that’s how you know you’ve really succeeded. right?