Thursday, January 10, 2013
There is just something about a sweet and salty treat that I just can’t resist. It’s the best of both worlds. If you are a sweet and salty combo lover like we are, then this is just the treat for you. Salted caramel brownies made with a delicious Salted Caramel Sauce I made for a friend as a “thank you” gift for being a wonderful hostess and receiving us in her house during our road trip vacations last year.
Gooey Salted Caramel Brownies
(Recipe by Wanda Lopez, My Sweet Zepol)
1 box Devil’s Food Cake
1/3 cup milk
1 stick Butter (melted)
1 cup walnuts
1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Grease a 8×8 pan and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix milk and melted butter to the cake mix.
Divide the dough in half. Press one of the halves into the bottom of the greased pan.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly set.
Toss the walnuts over the first baked layer. (I didn’t chopped them, but you can if you wish to).
Spread 3/4 cups of the Salted Caramel Sauce over the walnuts as even as possible.
Then sprinkle the chocolate chips over the salted caramel sauce.
Finally take a piece of wax paper (or parchment paper) and press the other half of the dough into a square shape slightly smaller than the pan you are using.
Carefully set over the chocolate chips.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Once baked, remove pan from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
Hope you enjoy this brownies, they have a great sweet, salty and crunchy combination and are very addictive. Bake at your own risk!
Monday, January 7, 2013
While looking back at last years posts I realized that I had not posted a homemade gift that I made for a dear friend of ours. Last year we took a family road trip from Florida all the way to North Carolina, making some stops along the way. You can read more about it in Road Trip Part 1, Road Trip Part 2 and Tasting Savannah. We spend a couple of days in North Carolina in the company of our best man and his fiance.
They planned site seeing, activities and places to eat that were perfect for our family. The girls were delighted and we had such a wonderful time. North Carolina is a beautiful place.
Once I came back I started brainstorming for a great “thank you gift” to send them for being the best hostess ever. Salted Caramel Sauce was perfect, they could drizzle some over fresh fruits, make some milkshakes or even drizzle over vanilla ice cream. The possibilities are endless when it comes to caramel sauce and this sauce has a nice twist on the salty side. It’s a wonderful idea, easy to make and loved by all!
Here’s the recipe, hope you enjoy it and consider this as a wonderful homemade gift for any occasion. Like Mother’s Day, Christmas gifts, to give as a hostess gift, add in a basket with other items or even make some batches for you to keep nearby.
Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
3/4 cup Heavy Cream
3 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
some more Sea Salt (to sprinkle over the caramel sauce once done and canned)
In a saucepan combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring.
Boil for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until the caramel turns into a deep amber color.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream. Be careful, the caramel sauce will bubble.
Then stir in the butter and the sea salt.
Finally transfer the salted caramel sauce into mason jars (or any other container of your choice).
This recipe will yield: 1 1/2 cups
This Sea Salt Caramel Sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
Adapted by Kelsey’s Essentials.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
2012 was a great year, 2013 is going to be an even better year!
Not only have we laughed and learned a lot during 2012, but we have also eaten a lot of good food and enjoyed great company as well. During 2012 I’ve been a part of some great food blog events and made new food blogger friends. Tried new creative hobbies that I happen to enjoy as much as baking, (will talk about that more during 2013). But, most of all, during 2012 I have learned more about blogging and have big plans for this new year. Like more blog posts, more recipes, more personal stories and a more organized scheduling system. Which seems to be one of those items in many “resolution” lists for this month.
I want to say THANK YOU, with all my heart, for being part of My Sweet Zepol during 2012. Thank you for following, commenting and staying tuned for more of my sweet stories.
My goal for 2013 is to inspire you to bake more and create more memories with family and friends around you. Share a good cup of coffee (or Tea) with a dear friend or a new friend.
Do me a favor and answer this question: What would you like to see on My Sweet Zepol during 2013? More sweet recipes? More savory recipes? More posts of good food in the neighborhood? Anything else, not listed here? Feel free to comment and tell me what you would like to see here during this new year, remember this blog is for you.
Again, thank you for a wonderful 2012 and be in the look out for an even better 2013!