My secret Santa has arrived thanks to the lovely @bakingmakingetc. It is absolutely scrumptious with two types of brown sugar fudge. It was coated with spiced orange chocolate which gave it some more depth of flavours.
Thank you for such a superb treat.
I have had so much fun this year making Christmas presents for Secret Santa, office colleagues and school teachers. All of this would not have been possible without the help of twitter friends.
I tried my hand at making chocolates after being inspired by @theboywhobakes tweets and unfortunately had trouble maintaining the temperature after the chocolate was tempered. Tim @tim_indulgence helped me greatly to get good results. They still need a lot of work though and I hope to do a proper chocolate tempering and making post soon.
This went to teachers at school with @lilmissquirrel fudge.
Basic caramel recipe
adapted from Dan Lepard
I also used the basic caramel recipe in Dan Lepard's book. What was so magical about this recipe, was the fact that I could use it to make both soft caramels and caramel sauce, just by heating sugar to different temperatures. I used a bit more salt for the salted caramel filling in the chocolates. I ended up using 1 1/2 tsp of maldon salt in the end but keep testing after each 1/4 tsp till you get your desired taste.
You have to buy his book, which tells you how to use same recipe with different ingredients to make all sorts of caramels. Infact as a novice baker, if you want to also learn a bit about how and why of baking, then this is the book to buy.
Caster sugar 150gms
Butter (unsalted) 75gms
Caster sugar 150gms
Golden syrup 75mls
Creme Fraiche 200ml
Sea salt 1/4 tsp
Butter and then line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Heat 150gm sugar with water until reddish brown. Take it off heat and add the remaining ingredients one by one.
You will need a candy thermometer at this stage. Return to heat and boil whilst stirring.
Caramel sauce: Heat upto 113C. Add water if necessary to reach the desired consistency.
Soft chewy caramels: Heat upto 125C and then pour in the loaf tin.
Tips and other inspirations:
As I was running out of ideas and time a quick look at blogs and tweets helped me make these two other treats.
Chocolate nutella and sea salt fudge by the lovely Rebecca @lilmssquirrel. Unfortunately it was eaten and distributed so quickly that I was unable to snap it.
Snowflake cakes from Lavendar and Lovage
Alison had a lovely idea to shape her fudge and she has excellent tips for best results on her blog which I am sure to try next time.
I also tried some stained glass window biscuits for a friend from the Guardian Christmas food edition
Happy baking and Merry Christmas to you all