Monday, June 18, 2012

A recipe that has changed my life! MICROWAVE CARAMEL!!!



So...I grew up with one of those moms that just made certain things so well and they were just AMAZING and caramel was one of them! From about the age of 12 I totally would study what she was doing and help her anytime she made treats. Especially carmel...because I know it is a bit of a science and technique. 


Well flash forward to me happily married and wanting to make caramel apples with my friends for a fun fall get together...I was going to make the caramel and become famous because its that good...but no I ended up with grainy sugar and flavor that was separated from the butter! Seriously I was so mad...we ate it because the taste was there but it was not the creamy amazing caramel I grew up making. 


So...I am sure there was one more in between but flash forward again to last christmas party...I was making a chocolate caramel pretzel tart...amazing right?! Yeah. I slaved away on it all day and when it got to the caramel I knew that my mom recipe had not been my friend the last couple times...so I used the one from the recipe. SAME THING!!! Grainy caramel no matter how slow I cooked it! I had to try boiling the sweetened condensed milk and it worked but I ran out of time...so it was caramel-y but not really. Major disappointment. 


So...one more time. I thought I would give it a try...but by this time I decided it might be my cheap cheap stove so I bought back up just in case...once again to go on my moms Snickers Ice Box cake the caramel did not turn out so I used the bottle of ice cream topping. Thank heavens.


So when I was making Billionaire Bars I panicked when I forgot the store bought caramel! So I searched and found this recipe that has changed my life forever!!! I will never attempt caramel on my crappy stove again...note to self in next house get a nice range! I found it on pinching pennies and it was perfect! Maybe not as deep as a slow cooked carmel but in 15 min you have smooth amazing perfect soft caramel! I AM GIDDY!!!


Microwave Caramel 
1 cup Butter or Margarine
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Light Karo Syrup
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk


In a large microwave safe bowl melt the margarine for 1 1/2 minutes. 


Remove from the microwave and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Place back into the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. 


Take the bowl from the microwave and stir well. Continue cooking on high for an additional 5 minutes, remove and stir. 


Cook for 3 more minutes ( for a total of 13 mins.15ish with melting butter and stirring) Remove from the microwave, stir and pour into a 9 x 13 pan to set. 


Once caramel has set wrap in wax paper and store in an air tight container. Or use on favorite recipes!!! 






pic and recipe from pinching pennies.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Key Lime Cake with Lime Cream Cheese frosting

Sorry for my long long absence. I tend to get way behind on EVERYTHING...and my fun blogging is the first to be neglected. I am getting better at keeping up with myself but still...clearly....I am not there yet. I have a lot to share with you guys if only I would sit down and do it. 


I made this in April for my mom's birthday upon her request. I was skeptical I am not a lemony/lime type sweets sorta girl but her birthday, her cake...But I will say this:

IT TURNED OUT AMAZING!!! Everyone loved it, the cake was great and the frosting was better! So delicious. I took things from a whole bunch of different recipes and this is what I did:


Cake:

  • 1 lemon cake mix
    1 cups vegetable oil
    4 eggs
    1 package lime flavored gelatin mix
    3/4 cup orange juice
    Mix together and divide among pans of choice and cook according to cake box directions.
    *If your worried about it being too sweet add 1/2 prepared white cake mix. I did then I used the other half to make cupcakes for those babies who wouldn't eat heaven on earth!!! I even made it swirly looking it was cool.

    Key lime Frosting

    1/2 cup butter
    1 package cream cheese
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon orange juice
    4 cups confectioners' sugar
    zest from one lime mostly for pretty

    Worlds best frosting!!! SO GOOD! 

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