100% - The only frosting we'll eat in our house!.

 


Ingredients:


1 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons water

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus extra for garnishing

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:


Caramel Creation: In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, dissolve the granulated sugar into the water over medium heat. Once dissolved, increase the heat and let the mixture boil until it achieves a deep amber color. Remember, stirring is off-limits here; gentle swirling of the pan is all that's needed.


Incorporate the Cream: Off the heat, whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Brace for the mixture to bubble vigorously. Continue stirring until smooth, then blend in the sea salt. Transfer the caramel to a bowl and let it cool entirely.


Butter Base: In a large bowl, whip the butter until creamy, then gradually mix in the powdered sugar until fluffy and well combined.


Merge the Caramel: With the caramel cooled, fold it into the butter mixture. Beat until the frosting is light and airy. Should it feel too soft, a brief chilling followed by additional whipping can bring it to the perfect consistency.


Variations & Tips:


A Hint of Bourbon: For an adult twist, incorporate a tablespoon of bourbon into the caramel before it cools.

Sweet Adjustments: If a less salty caramel is preferred, reduce the sea salt to just a pinch for a classic caramel flavor.

Storage Solutions: Excess frosting can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen, ensuring you're always ready for impromptu baking adventures.

Decorative Touches: Embellish your frosted delights with dried edible flowers for an elegant, springtime look.

Quality Counts: Selecting a high-quality, flaky sea salt not only enhances flavor but also introduces a delightful texture to your frosting.

This Salted Caramel Frosting is more than just a recipe; it's a testament to the traditions that enrich our lives, shared through the universal language of food. As you savor each bite, may it remind you of the sweet, simple pleasures that make life truly beautiful. Enjoy crafting this exquisite topping and watch as it becomes a cherished part of your culinary legacy.