In the kitchen:: salted caramel pots


I have a strong love for salted caramel (as praised here); and these treats looked fool proof and damn tasty for a Valentine's Day pud.


You will need:

For the caramel:
:: 30g unsalted butter
:: 100g light muscovado sugar
:: 150ml double cream
:: 1/2 level teaspoon salt flakes; plus extra for decoration

For the chocolate layer:
:: 300ml whipping cream
:: 200g dark chocolate, melted
:: Few drops of vanilla extract

What you need to do:

:: To make the caramel: melt the butter in a pan and add the sugar and cream.
:: Stir the mixture of a low heat until it dissolves, then increase the heat and simmer until it thickens and reaches a caramel consistency.
:: Take it off the heat and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.
:: Stir in the salt flakes. I always add a little at a time and taste test.
:: Pour the mixture into serving glasses and leave to set (this is where all the Gu ramekins I've collected come in handy!).
:: To make the chocolate layer: bring the cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate.
:: Add the vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth.
:: Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel and leave to set.
:: Sprinkle salt flakes over each before serving.


I also made a batch of shortbread biscuits (obligatory heart shapes, because y'know it's Valentine's Day and love) to serve with them.


The finished result was delicious. They were so simple to make and something very easy to recreate again for a dinner party. I found them incredibly rich meaning Alex and I shared one (much to his disappointment), but I decadent dish for Valentine's made it a winner.


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