This Spiced Caramel is deliciously sweet and packs a punch from different rich flavors imbued in it.
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Caramel week is my favorite bake-off week because I get to showcase another type of caramel! And this time, we’re working with a spiced caramel that to give even more flavor to this rich and sweet topping. I used this caramel as a filling for the stroopwafel technical challenge.
To make the caramel full of spices and rich with flavor, every ingredient does some work! Instead of sugar, let’s use brown sugar for more flavor. Instead of water, let’s start with an ingredient that’s already like a syrup: molasses. And just for extra added spice, let’s throw come ground cinnamon in there for good measure!
Making the Caramel
The process for making caramel is simple but does require patience and a watchful eye. There is only one step involved for making this spiced caramel. Throw everything into a pot and boil it to the right consistency. Yup, that’s it. There is some stirring involved but the biggest thing for this recipe is not to over stir and not to overcook. A burnt flavor is impossible to get out caramel.
This process takes a lot of time, patience, and awareness. I know they say that a watched pot never boils, but you’ve got to watch that pot as it boils!
I really love the depth of flavor that comes from this recipe. There is a spice from the molasses that is very prominent flavor in the caramel which mingles nicely with the cinnamon and natural toastiness from the caramel.
All at Once
In this recipe, I decided to cook everything at once instead of cooking the caramel separately before adding it to the other ingredients. While this infused the flavors into one and allowed the spices to shine, it also took longer to cook everything down into the syrupy caramel consistency that I wanted. I ended up boiling the caramel several times to get it down to where it would be a spreadable viscosity.
- 1 Cup Molasses
- ½ Cup Water
- 1 ⅓ Cup Granulated Sugar
- ⅓ Cup Butter softened
- 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Heat molasses, water, granulated sugar, butter, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan over a medium heat.
- Stir to blend. Heat until fully incorporated
- Allow to cool.