i'm so excited about this episode of the Mr. Kate Web Show because Haylie is one of my good friends and i love hanging out with her and we had so much fun filming this together! we flew by the seat of our pants a bit, since all of the recipes were new to us… but that's the fun of amateur cooking! i've always wanted to make caramel! if you haven't yet, check out Haylie's Real Girl's Kitchen blog which has some great recipes and photos of her real girl creations! Haylie has great natural instincts in the kitchen but her mama will be mad when she sees we made "Chunkies Foster"…'cuz we used the unrefined sugar...well, just watch and see!In this episode we made 3 all vegan and low glycemic sundaes - or three-way sundaes…hee hee - using Coconut Bliss ice cream, (made from coconut milk and sweetened with agave) which Coconut Bliss was very kind to donate for the shoot! it's so good and you can get it at your local health foods store. I hope this inspires you to treat yourself with special treats that aren't that unhealthy! Indulging the healthy way tastes that much better especially when it's homemade!... Recipes: Salted Caramel (vegan) serves 4 to 6
- 1 cup unrefined sugar - we used sucanat which is about as unrefined as you can get, but any sugar will do
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tbsp agave
- 1/4 cup Earth Balance
- 1 cup non-dairy creamer or more if needed - i used this soy creamer i found at Whole Foods
- 1.5 tsp grey salt - we used Haylie's pink salt and it was great… i think we added more too to make it extra salty!
- pinch of vanilla bean - make sure you use just the little beans inside the pod - we made the mistake of throwing in the whole pod and it has a bitter flavor…oops!
- a candy thermometer - you can get these at any grocery store - i got mine at Ralphs
- In sauce pan, heat cream to just boiling and add the vanilla beans - the soy creamer we used was so thick, i added a little water
- Add Earth Balance and salt - then set is aside
- In medium sauce pan, stir together sugar, water and agave. Rest your thermometer in the pot and make sure you use the clip so it's not resting on the bottom of the pot. Bring to boil and let it cook, swirl the pan but don't stir until it reached 248 degrees on the candy thermometer.
- Add the cream/vanilla mixture but be careful because the caramel will bubble! Whisk to combine. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes while stirring and make sure the temperature does not raise past 220 degrees!
- Remove from the heat and cool then drizzle over your fave flavor of ice cream! We used Coconut Bliss' Cappuccino flavor for a salted caramel coffee thang…yum!
Bananas Foster (vegan) aka Chunkies Foster - serves 4-6
this was our favorite. it was so good! even though it was a little chunky...
- 1/4 cup Earth Balance
- 1 cup of sucanat or unbleached sugar… or i guess if you want to avoid the chunky, than use a more refined sugar
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 4 large bananas, peeled and sliced diagonally or however you like them
- 1/4 cup of dark rum
- 3 tsp of banana liqueur - the high alcohol content so you can light it on fire!
- something that makes fire - lighter or match
- In a non-stick pan, melt margarine over low heat.
- Add sugar and cinnamon and stir well. Cook over low until sugar is dissolved (which ours never really did).
- Add sliced bananas and baste (spoon the sugar mixture over the bananas) a few times.
- Cook mixture over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the bananas have softened.
- Add rum and liqueur - cook for another minute.
- **Lean away** from the skillet and light that sh*t on fire! allow the flame to subside and remove it from heat… spoon mixture over vanilla Coconut Bliss or for a pina colada-esque vibe, pair it with the Naked Coconut flavor!
- We simply heated up the fudge in a saucepan and drizzled it over Coconut Bliss' Mint Galactica flavor for a mint chocolate pairing… yum!