Making caramel sauce is an amazing therapeutical experience. I’m always bewildered about how sugar, butter and cream come together in such a beautiful way.
The sauce is the flavor for these cookie bites, but go right ahead and make a double batch to pour on an ice cream sunday or a tart fruit crumble. It lasts a while in the fridge.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice
- 125 grams of salted butter
- 3 tablespoons of cream (soy cream is also a suited substitute)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat the sugar with vinegar/lemon juice. Do NOT stir, just swirl the pan so it won’t burn. Be wise to use a deep pan, as the following steps will include bubbles rising, and hot sugar is a dangerous thing to land on epidermes, also a pain to clean up;
- When amber colored is attained, add the butter in cubes, now you’re allowed (and obliged) to stir. It will bubble, this is normal.
- After the butter is well incorporated, add the cream. It will bubble again.
- Incorporate the sea salt, turn off the stove and allow to cool down before transferring into any sort of container. I chose a leftover jam jar.
So, to make the caramel bites, also quite easy peazy!
- 170 grams salted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- Beat sugar, butter, vanilla and lemon zest.
- Incorporate de flour, beat some more.
- Separate 1/3 of the mix, add the oats and let rest in the fridge.
- Use the remaining 2/3 to go straight into the oven, mold it into a square baking dish, and pat tight with the help of the base of a glass.
- Bake at 165ºC until golden.
- Cover with a generous amount of previously cooked caramel and top up with leftover 1/3 of dough plus oats.
- Finish baking off in the oven for a further 15/20 minutes, until golden again.
- Let cool, cut into tiny squares, serve with coffee or tea or ice cream!
I found this recipe on a blog ages ago, unfortunately I don’t recall which, but thanks to the blogger who posted the original recipe! I added the oats and zest, switched the sugar, reduced the butter and made homemade caramel instead of using store bought.