My friend Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks made a bucket list for 2013 filled with great foodie goals like making homemade pasta and breaking down a chicken. On her list also was mastering real caramel. I read that and immediately volunteered to be a part of making that goal happen. I’m not an expert or anything, though I do feel pretty comfortable making caramel. Mostly, I just love the stuff.
We set a date, but had to reschedule at least a dozen times. Sick kids and snow storms got in the way and it looked like our caramel day wasn’t meant to be. Until today! We finally were able to make it work and it was a smashing success.
We each brought a caramel based recipe, and stood over the stove watching sugar melt and caramelize while catching up and swapping stories. Kelly made the most amazing caramel sauce heavily spiked with High West Whiskey. It was so incredible that we practically licked the pan clean.
I had been wanting to try Smitten Kitchen’s caramel pudding for months now and this seemed like the perfect chance. It was every bit as rich and creamy as I’d imagined. What made it even better was a little whipped cream, some candied pecans, and a sprinkling of sea salt. And you want to know what sent it all completely over the top? A little drizzle of Kelley’s caramel sauce. Oh yeah. Maybe that’s a little much, sure, but over the top never tasted so good.