My husband just loves bacon. In my dire search for more bacon-infused recipes for him, I couldn't resist on trying this. There are several recipes on the web but this one actually had bacon-fat in the caramel itself. The taste of the caramels depend largely on the bacon you buy, so pick wisely. I normally buy Farmland bacon. The caramels were very soft and had a nice smokey flavor to them.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 tbsp bacon fat
- 1 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- Flaked sea salt or crumbled bacon, as toppings (optional)
1. Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the salt, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, and water. Make sure your pan leaves enough room for the mixture to approximately quadruple in size. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
3. Once the sugar dissolves, insert the candy thermometer and cook the mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 330 degrees F (165 C) on the candy thermometer. It should be a medium-amber color and fragrant when it is ready.
4. While you wait for the caramel to cook, combine the heavy cream and the bacon fat in a small saucepan and place it over medium heat until it just reaches a simmer. Once simmering, take it off the heat and set it aside for now.
5. When the sugar has caramelized and reached 330 on the thermometer, begin whisking it and slowly drizzle in the hot cream mixture. It will steam and splutter quite a bit, so be careful to avoid burns. Once all of the cream is incorporated, continue to cook the caramel, stirring frequently, until it reaches 255 degrees F (123 C) on the thermometer.
6. Pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let it sit for a few minutes, then while it is still warm, sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt or crumbled bacon (or a combination of both), if you desire.