I like to experiment while cooking. Sometimes it turns out good. Other times not so much. Today's experiment is in making homemade caramel. Being the coffee lover that I am I decided to figure out a way to add coffee to the mix and see how it tasted. I like caramel in my coffee so why not have coffee in the caramel?
The basic recipe for making caramel sauce is simple. I did not have heavy whipping cream so I substituted half and half. One cup of sugar, six tablespoons of butter and 1/2 cup of half and half. I put the sugar in a big pan (it will bubble up). To keep the sugar from burning I have added water in the past. This time I added 1/2 cup of strong coffee. I used Rogue Coffee Roaster's Caveman Kicker.( http://www.roaste.com/search/node/caveman+kicker). I put the mixture on medium to high heat and stirred constantly. The mixture took a little longer to carmelize because of the coffee but it did. To that I added the butter then when it melted removed it from the heat. After letting it sit for a few seconds I added the half and half and whisked until smooth. Let cool then pour into airtight jars or containers.
This experiment was a success! Now to clean up the batch that I knocked over (and has solidified on the stove).
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