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Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-17-2019, 11:26 AM
Hey everyone here is Laurel's honey caramel recipe. We primarily make it for friends and family around Christmas. They can be mixed with a host of things or warmed and dribbled over apple slices.

https://youtu.be/wGKDNtc-lk0

Honey caramels melt in your mouth and make perfect Christmas gifts!!!
The directions are as follows:
1 cup Liquid Gold (Honey)
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
6 tablespoons of room temp salted butter. (Both Salted and Unsalted will work)

Heat and mix honey and cream in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. Using an accurate thermometer heat to 275 F. As soon as the honey/cream reaches 275 F. remove from heat and then the vanilla and butter should be added. Stir all of the ingredients together well and pour into a buttered glass container. Place the caramels in a fridge to cool.

msl
12-17-2019, 11:58 AM
:thumbsup:
my wife made some the outer night, sooo good

Tim KS
12-17-2019, 03:38 PM
Sounds great!

AHudd
12-17-2019, 04:46 PM
Sounds great. One question, should the butter be softened or right out of the fridge.

Alex

Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-17-2019, 05:45 PM
Hey Alex. We always have used room temperature butter. However, throwing in a cold stick will probably just add to the time it takes to get to 275 degrees. Then again I have been wrong before.....

AHudd
12-17-2019, 08:19 PM
https://youtu.be/wGKDNtc-lk0

As soon as the honey/cream reaches 275 F. remove from heat and then the vanilla and butter should be added.

I didn't know if cold butter would make it cool too quickly. I'll use room temp just in case.

Thanks again,
Alex

Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-17-2019, 08:31 PM
Ah sorry Alex. I was working on a project and for some reason confused the butter with the cream! Yes, I would warm the butter up. I am sure at that stage of the process room temp butter or warmer would be needed instead of cold butter..

GregV
12-18-2019, 06:34 AM
6 tablespoons of butter
.

Will you specify - is the butter used SALTED or UNSALTED?

There is difference.
:)

PS: good video - completely agree, the butter must be real, grass-fed stuff (not corn-fed substitute);
check out the Kalona milk products from Iowa - shout out to my neighbors
https://kalonasupernatural.com/product/organic-butter/organic-lightly-salted-butter/

AHudd
12-18-2019, 07:00 AM
Thanks TBees,
I used unsalted, room temp butter. It turned out great.

Thanks
Alex

Tim KS
12-18-2019, 07:49 AM
We made a trial batch last night that was really good....added 1/3 cup of chopped pecans. :thumbsup:

My wife thinks the next trial should add a bit of salt and maybe more nuts....half a cup (maybe more) English walnuts. Black walnuts would be good too, but lots of work 'talking' them out of their shell. :D

Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-18-2019, 09:05 AM
Will you specify - is the butter used SALTED or UNSALTED?

There is difference.
:)

PS: good video - completely agree, the butter must be real, grass-fed stuff (not corn-fed substitute);
check out the Kalona milk products from Iowa - shout out to my neighbors
https://kalonasupernatural.com/product/organic-butter/organic-lightly-salted-butter/

I prefer salted butter but we have made them with unsalted and it turned out very good also. Thankfully either one works.

Kalona butter looks amazing! We use to have some neighbors we could get real milk and butter from but they moved. (Darn it)
Kerrygold is about as good as I can do now without driving 2 hours to Nashville. Thankfully I can raise and grow mostly what I want to eat but it is getting harder as the beekeeping grows to the find time.

GregV
12-18-2019, 10:39 AM
I prefer salted butter but we have made them with unsalted and it turned out very good also. Thankfully either one works.

Kalona butter looks amazing! We use to have some neighbors we could get real milk and butter from but they moved. (Darn it)
Kerrygold is about as good as I can do now without driving 2 hours to Nashville. Thankfully I can raise and grow mostly what I want to eat but it is getting harder as the beekeeping grows to the find time.

Many Thanks!

A great project to do with the kids!
XMas school break is soon.
Plenty of self-produced honey this year to play with.

Sick and tired of the commodity, junk sweets pushed onto the children.
Heck, I am into making my own candy!

Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-22-2019, 08:39 AM
Many Thanks!

A great project to do with the kids!
XMas school break is soon.
Plenty of self-produced honey this year to play with.

Sick and tired of the commodity, junk sweets pushed onto the children.
Heck, I am into making my own candy!
Your welcome hope you enjoy.

I agree it is a shame that with all the amazing natural foods that can be used as is or mixed together like these honey caramels that we have such poor choices available. All I know is that when I use to unload semis in 100 degree weather the candy bars didn't melt. That is scary. Laurel makes chocolate peanut butter honey dealios that are to die for but they easily melt in the hand. Therefor once pulled from the fridge I have to insure they disappear quickly. It is a tough job but I manage :-)

JWPalmer
12-22-2019, 12:16 PM
Kamon, just got back from the store with two pints of heavy cream. Can't wait to make a batch of these or two. I will use salted butter and probably add a tiny bit extra salt as well to make it a salted caramel.

Just made the first batch. What I scraped off the spoon was yummy. The rest is still cooling.

JWPalmer
12-26-2019, 07:10 PM
Hey Kamon, wanted to update you on the caramels I made. The tulip poplar honey we get here has a pretty robust flavor profile and the caramels made from it only concentrated that flavor. I may try half honey/half sugar next go around to tone it down a bit. Otherwise, still very good. Also the store brand butter from Food Lion may have a lot of excess water in it as the caramels came out softer than I've made before. Next batch I will use clarified butter to reduce the moisture going into the finished candy. Now for some honey peanut brittle.

Tennessee's Bees LLC
12-26-2019, 07:43 PM
Ah yes Tulip is a stronger flavored honey that would be pretty aggressive on the tongue when condensed. However, I think it is the best honey for BBQ Ribs! The caramels can be cooked a little hotter before they burn and this will harden them a bit. Just be careful, one minute they are just right and the next they are scorched. Let me know how they go JW.

Tim KS
12-26-2019, 09:43 PM
Batch #3, we added a half teaspoon of salt and a cup of english walnuts.......oh, so good. :D

Fivej
12-27-2019, 02:03 PM
This sounds great. Do you pour it all in a dish and then cut it up for individual pieces? J

Tim KS
12-28-2019, 12:51 PM
This sounds great. Do you pour it all in a dish and then cut it up for individual pieces? J

Yep, we pour into a 9X9 inch glass pan (well buttered), cut & wrap in parchment paper.

Fivej
12-28-2019, 06:20 PM
Thanks Tim! J

1alexie
02-20-2020, 06:47 PM
I have always been a fan of sweet food and I am looking forward to getting new honey recipe from this forum.

blackowl
03-05-2020, 04:51 AM
I missed to see this during the holidays but I will still give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

blackowl
03-06-2020, 04:23 AM
Thanks for the article, this must be so delicious! Prefer to use unsalted butter.

Fivej
03-06-2020, 03:10 PM
My first attempt was an epic fail. Turned into a rock. Will give it another shot and take it off the heat 5 degrees earlier. J

JWPalmer
03-06-2020, 03:50 PM
J, mine stayed a bit on the too soft side. Had to keep it refrigerated or it kinda melted. I need to bump up about the same 5

Fivej
03-06-2020, 08:42 PM
Well JW, I told the truth, but not the whole truth. Actually, my first batch was too soft. It never did get anywhere near solid even after sitting in the garage for a night. But, I removed both batches when thermometer hit 275F. I used honey from 2 different jars and am now wondering if the composition of the honey may make a difference. J

mgolden
03-07-2020, 04:58 AM
One is supposed to temperature check the accuracy of candy thermometer used. There's some trial and adjusting temperature beyond that. Too soft so need to go to a higher temp, too hard and go to a lower temp.

Here's a link

https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-test-your-candy-thermometer-520314

Tim KS
03-07-2020, 06:48 AM
The 3-4 batches that we made were probably a bit softer than store bought caramel, but that's the way we like it. It doesn't stick to my teeth and makes it easier to chew. We added nearly a cup of black walnuts to our last batch too.....oh yumm!!!

Just talking about it makes me hungry for it again......time to crank out another batch or two. :thumbsup:

JWPalmer
03-07-2020, 07:55 AM
...time to crank out another batch or two.

I was thinking the same thing.

Fivej
03-10-2020, 05:38 PM
Success! I took mgolden's advice and checked my brand new thermometer. It was 30 degrees off (low)! It doesn't explain my too soft batch, but I used a different one and they came out perfect. Thanks for posting Kamon.

John Davis
03-10-2020, 06:24 PM
30 degrees low would make it turn out soft (undercooked)

Fivej
03-10-2020, 08:53 PM
No, I meant it was reading 30 degrees low meaning that I actually heated to 305 which makes it turn into a brick. J