Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels


These caramels need few words, so I won’t leave you with many.

I found this recipe several months ago and have kept it tucked away in my arsenal of holiday baking ideas. I decided to make them this week and use one of our favorite beers brewed in downtown Lexington – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It is an ale aged in oak barrels that were previously used to age bourbon.

This was my first time making caramels and I practically did a happy dance in the kitchen when I realized they were setting up correctly.



These caramels are nothing short of perfect – soft, sweet, salty – it doesn’t get any better.

Bravo to Sprinkle Bakes which is where you can find the recipe.








Merry Christmas!
Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

21 comments:

Maria said...

I LOVE the pretzel in there! Yum! Happy Holidays!

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

Lori, these look fantastic!! How did you get them so perfectly shaped?

Juliana said...

Lori, these little treat look great...love the idea of salty and sweet all together. Lovely presentation :-)

Tangled Noodle said...

This is so great! Honestly, I would almost just leave it in the long bar form since I'd probably eat more than a few pieces at a time. Now, how about the next step - dipped in chocolate? 8-D

Tangled Noodle said...

Oh, I almost forgot - Merry Christmas!!

Mindy said...

I love the long pretzel in there...these look beautiful and delicious! Merry Christmas!

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

Very cool idea. I'm intrigued to know what beer in a caramel tastes like. Love the salty/sweet combo for sure though, and they look great :)

Lori said...

Maria - It not only tastes good, but looks pretty too! Happy Holidays to you!

Emily - It was luck on my part. :) I used a 9x13 pan with parchment, then placed the pretzels on top after pouring in the caramel. Once cooled, I lifted it out and cut it into bars, then pieces.

Juliana - I'm a big fan of salty and sweet too!

TN - I love the idea of a bar. I've probably had as much at this point. I have to admit, chocolate crossed my mind. :) Merry Christmas!!

Mindy - It really does add to the presentation. Merry Christmas!

Marianne - I thought the beer would be stronger. It is very mild, just a slight tang. You barely notice it is there, but it adds just a little something.

MelindaRD said...

I am impressed. I would have flopped for sure. I can't believe that was your first time. They look awesome and I love the pretzel on it.

Joanne said...

Usually when I make caramels it takes at least five prayers and three tries to get em right! you did awesomely with these. Love the pretzel...the perfect sweet and salty combo!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow how good do these look :-)

Merry Christmas Lori

hugs Rebecca

Kelsey said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Debinhawaii said...

What a unique caramel--I love the pretzel on top. They look so perfect and professional too. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Amen to the happy dance. I've done that dance many times!! ;))

The Food Hunter said...

Great idea...heading over to get the recipe.

OysterCulture said...

OMG - I am still recovering from a digestive issue picked up in Mexico, but my stomach just rumbled loudly - those look amazing. What a delicious idea.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy an incredible new year.

souperior said...

These look super! I think I'll try them with a few different ales to see which ones make the most of the sweet-salty combo! :)

Reeni said...

These are so clever! And they couldn't have turned out any more perfect. Hope you had a great Christmas - Happy New Year!

Erica said...

Oh my gosh- what a fabulous idea! I'm all about this- looks super yummy and would make an amazing gift

Lori said...

They look perfectly delicious.

prakash said...

very good loking so nice.