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Vanilla Bean Caramels

---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05

Categories: Gifts, Candies, Snacks
Yield: 3 Dozen

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Vegetable oil
1/2 c Firmly packed golden brown
1/2 c Granulated sugar
1/2 c Light corn syrup
1/4 c Plus 2 T whole milk
1/4 c Plus 2 T condensed milk
1/4 c Heavy (double) cream
1/4 c Unsalted butter
1 Vanilla bean; split length-
36 Pieces of cellophane, waxed
Paper or colored waxed paper
Each measuring 4-1/2 by 6 in
1 1/2 c Walnuts; optional

Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, covering the bottom and sides.
Brush generously with vegetable oil.

In heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar,
granulated sugar, corn syrup, whole milk, condensed milk, cream, butter,
vanilla bean and salt. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and the
mixture comes to a boil. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, brush down
the sides of the pan to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Raise the heat
to medium-high and clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Cook,
stirring slowly but constantly, until the thermometer registers 240~, about
10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the vanilla beana and discard.
Immediately pour the caramel into the prepared pan all at once; do not
scrape the residue from the pan bottom. Let the caramel cool completely,
about two hours.

Coat a cutting board with vegetable oil. Turn out the cooled caramel onto
the board and peel off the foil. Oil a large knife and cut the caramel into
strips about 1-1/2 inches wide. Cut the strips crosswise into pieces 1 inch
long, reoiling the knife occasionally to prevent sticking. Wrap each candy
in a piece of clear cellophane, waxed paper or colored waxed paper,
twisting the ends. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for
up to 2 weeks.

Walnut lovers might want to stir 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts into the
caramel after removing the the vanilla bean (make certain to stir gently).

Source: Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library; Gifts from the Kitchen, Time-Life


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