Caramel with Molasses, Maple, Sucanat and Coconut Oil
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This thick, tangy caramel with a hint of umami uses no refined sugar or dairy. Okay, not so great for mini apples, but great in other places caramel is called for.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup sucanat
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • about 2 teaspoons Maldon smoked sea salt flakes (or other fancy schmancy salt of your choice)
  • 3 apples, if you care to try improving on my attempt, here. Entirely optional.
Instructions
  1. IF - and that's a big if - you decide to give the apples a go, scoop out with a melon baller. Skewer with lollipop sticks and set aside. GODSPEED.
  2. If you're more sensible and are just in it for the caramel: To start with, I scooped the creamiest part of the coconut milk out of the top of the can (and saved the rest for a smoothie). Prepare a mixing bowl with an ice bath and set it aside.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together the coconut milk with the sucanat, maple syrup, molasses and salt over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat just slightly (to about medium, or just a bit above it) and cook, stirring continuously, until it reaches 248 degrees. This took me about 15 minutes; much will depend on the size of your pan, your burner, etc. Definitely check regularly after the first few minutes. [NOTE: If you're using this for other purposes, you can adjust the temperature accordingly for desired consistency.]
  5. Once you hit that number, immediately remove from heat and set saucepan in the water bath. Add vanilla and stir vigorously until the caramel thickens up.
  6. Use for whatever purpose you like, preferably sprinkled with the smoked sea salt.
  7. [If, against my advice, it's mini-apples, steel your nerves and dip each in the sauce, setting on a tray witted with wax paper. You might have better luck transferring them immediately to the fridge if you have the space. Report back!]
Recipe by Healthy Family Recipes at http://www.apronstringsblog.com/caramel-molasses-maple-sucanat/