What do you get the man who has everything for his birthday?
I always struggle to know what to get the men in my family for their birthdays.
So for my brother in laws recent birthday he received a tub of homemade salted caramel chocolates!
I got the recipe from The Old Fashioned Hand Made Sweet Shop Recipe Book.
I have tweaked it slightly!
50ml cold water
225ml double cream
50g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
425g dark chocolate, chopped
400g milk chocolate, chopped
makes about 50 chocolates
1. Grease a 20cm square cake tin, then line with cling film. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
2. Place the water in a heavy pan and cover with the sugar. Heat gently to dissolve, stirring often.
3. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up to high and bring to the boil. Boil until the syrup caramelizes. This took approximately 10 minutes. It can be as light or dark as you like, but do not burn it.
4. Slowly and carefully add the cream (it will spatter so use caution and wear oven gloves). Use a whisk to incorporate it fully.
5. Add the butter and salt and whisk until smooth.
6. Put the chopped dark chocolate in a large heat proof bowl and melt over a pan of boiling water.
7. With a whisk, combine the caramel and chocolate to form a smooth ganache.
8. Pour into the lined tin and smooth the top. Leave to set for a few hours, then place in the fridge and chill for about 30 mins.
9. Then turn the ganache out onto a cold surface. Remove the clingfilm. Dip a knife into hot water then wipe it dry. Slice the ganache into small squares.
10. Return the squares to the fridge to chill once more. Meanwhile melt the milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
11. Dip the chilled squares into the chocolate and coat liberally. Then transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Leave to set for 30 minutes.
12. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Best served with coffee……
And silence, so you can enjoy each individual mouthful!
Ooo look at that salty caramel center….
These are simply heavenly.
I must remember to put them on my next birthday list!