Home Made Salted Framboise Caramels

Fancy beers and candy making. This new, almost-obsession of mine would not be possible without the influence of my boyfriend, the boutique beer connoisseur slash home-brewer, who has taught me there is life outside of gaging over Coronas.

This little experiment is testament to the cliché “if at first you don’t succeed; try, try, try again”. My first attempt tasted spectacular but didn’t set. My second attempt set however lacked that caramely-smack-in-the-mouth (is that even a thing? It is now). My third attempt, thank goodness, was wonderful!

The beer I’m using is a framboise; a lambic beer brewed with raspberries. Timmermans is a more syrupy beer than most which makes for a fantastic ingredient in this recipe (if you’re eager to enjoy one in its pure form however I would recommend a Lindemans Framboise for its tangy edge. Mmm).

Combined with caramels, you’ll get sweet, salty, tangy and berry all in one mouthful. Heavenly. And the best advice I can give before you begin this delicious journey into sticky bliss; follow the recipe to a tee! The figures are there for a reason. I’ve based my recipe from this spiced apple recipe as it allows room for variation. Bust out your candy thermometers, things are about to get messy.

 

HOME MADE SALTED FRAMBOISE CARAMELS

2 cups (or 1 bottle) Framboise beer

2/3 cups cream

1 tsp salt + more for garnish

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cups corn syrup / glucose

80 g butter, cubed

powdered red food colouring

1. Pour framboise into small pan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to 1/3 cup. Place in fridge (or freezer) to cool.

2. Line a square tin with baking paper. Once your reduced framboise has cooled, combine with cream, salt and food colouring.

3. Combine sugar and corn syrup over low heat until dissolved. Increase heat until syrup has caramelised – 112°C on your candy thermometer. Do not stir during this process or the syrup will crystallise.

4. Remove from heat and slowly pour in your cream mixture, stirring quickly as you do so. Be careful has the concoction will splutter everywhere. Continue to stir to break up the caramel ball formed whilst adding the cubed butter. Don’t worry if you’re unable to dissolve everything.

5. Return to low heat and stir frequently until the temperature reaches 120°C on your candy thermometer.

6. Pour caramel into prepared tin and allow to cool slightly. Sprinkle with rock salt and allow to cool completely – either overnight on your kitchen bench or in the fridge to speed up the process. Cut into small squared and wrap with baking paper, twisting at the ends like traditional candies. Sprinkle with more rock salt if desired.


Being married into beer culture can be pretty neat sometimes.

 

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  1. chopinandmysaucepan’s avatar

    Definitely great to marry into beer culture then! Love the vibrant red colour of this candy and I’m sure it tastes fantastic!

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  2. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes’s avatar

    So pretty all wrapped up. It looks delicious!

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  3. Linda’s avatar

    I’ve made this candy twice now! The recipe is awesome!! Thank you for sharing it!!!! :)

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    1. alana’s avatar

      you’re more than welcome, linda! i just saw a photo of yours on facebook. you’ve made them so much neater than mine, they look fantastic.

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    2. Tine’s avatar

      Oh my god, I was so impressed by this recipe I ran to the grocery shop and bought framboise beer. It’s simmering right now! I’m excited!
      I’m from Belgium and that beer is brewed over here! Jeey! ;)

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    3. julia { see you in the morning }’s avatar

      oh my gOodness these look phenomenaL!

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    4. Shannon’s avatar

      These look so perfect for my sister’s bridal shower! Is it okay not to add the salt or will it mess up the recipe? Does it ever taste too salty?

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      1. Alana’s avatar

        Hey Shannon! A pinch of salt always makes caramel more flavoursome; as long as you don’t over it you should be fine. If you’re not comfortable using any in the recipe you could always make the caramels and before wrapping them sprinkle a little sea salt on each piece instead.

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