Spiced Rum Caramel

Spiced Rum Caramel

Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated.  Spiced Rum Caramel signifies how only a few ingredients can be transformed into something amazing.  With its burnished colour, creamy texture and buttery caramel taste, it’s the perfect topping for ice cream, cakes and apples to name just a few. 

There’s no need to ever buy store bought again, because making your own is easy with a little know how.  Mainly, you don’t want any sugar crystals to form.  NO stirring is key to help prevent sugar crystals forming on the side of the pan. Sugar crystals form when the hot sugar hits the cold pan side or cold whisk if you were to stir it. This, in turn, can cause the whole sauce to become crystallized. You can brush down the sides of the pan with water and a pastry brush if a few crystals start to form. 

The second important thing is timing.  It takes seconds to go from a light amber colour to a dark, overcooked colour.  The goal is a deep amber colour and knowing where that is, comes by doing. It may take a try or two to know exactly where you like it.  If in doubt, it’s best to opt for a slightly lighter colour than to go too far the other way, which will have a bitter taste.  Your caramel will still be amazing. Enjoy!

Spiced Rum Caramel
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    Servings Prep Time
    1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Spiced Rum Caramel
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cups
      Instructions
      1. Assemble all ingredients prior to cooking.
      2. Combine sugar and water in a medium-large saucepan (I used a 3 quart). Heat over medium-high until sugar is dissolved, gently swirling pan once or twice. DO NOT STIR. If any crystals form on the side of the pan, brush away with water and a pastry brush. Allow to cook at a boil until starting to turn an amber colour, about 10 minutes.
      3. Once the outer edge starts to turn colour you can gently swirl the pan a couple of times to evenly distribute, once again, do not stir. When it becomes a deep amber colour, remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream. The mixture will bubble vigorously. Once it has smoothed out, whisk in butter and salt. Stir in rum. Pour into a sealable jar and allow to cool completely prior to storing in the fridge.
      Recipe Notes

      -If in doubt about the colour, opt for slightly lighter.  Going to dark will result in a slightly bitter/burnt taste.

      -Makes about 1 1/4 cups and will keep in a sealed jar for up to a month in the fridge.

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      Spiced Peach Crepes

      Spiced Peach Crepes

      When life gives you peaches, reach for the spiced rum! A little booze never hurt the dessert and these Spiced Peach Crepes are happy for a little drink. Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe. Served warm with a drizzle of caramel and a scoop of ice cream .….oh my!

      I will admit taking photographs of this dessert tested my composure, with melty ice-cream and oozy caramel sauce, I went through several crepes and many paper towel. Not to mention my lack of peaches for the picture itself. Although I had a nice basket of peaches for the recipe, I failed to have enough left over for photos. Even though I try hard to have everything I need, all the time, for every recipe, for every picture, it’s just not possible. And who am I kidding? I regularly run to the grocery store for this or that. That’s when I appreciate living in a small town, no traffic jams, freeways or row upon row of lights. So when I’m just not as organized as I think I am, I don’t feel so bad.

      I love these Spiced Peach Crepes because they’re a lovely use of fresh peaches, fantastic with vanilla ice cream, not too heavy and, did I mention the rum! Enjoy!

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      Spiced Peach Crepes nestle spiced peaches in a tender crepe, topping with caramel and vanilla ice cream.
      Spiced Peach Crepes
      Print Recipe
      Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe.
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Spiced Peach Crepes nestle spiced peaches in a tender crepe, topping with caramel and vanilla ice cream.
        Spiced Peach Crepes
        Print Recipe
        Fresh peaches, sugar, spices and a little rum all nestled together in a tender sweet crepe.
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Ingredients
          Crepes
          Spiced Peaches
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          Crepes
          1. Combine all ingredients, using 2 tbsp of melted butter in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy, approximately 1 minute. Allow to rest at room temperature for a half an hour prior to using.
          2. Heat an 8" non stick pan over medium heat. When hot, brush with melted butter. Add approximately 40ml of crepe batter to the pan, swirl immediately creating a 6-7" crepe. Allow to cook for 1-1 1/2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula flip crepe over and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Slide out of pan onto plate. Repeat with remaining batter to create 12 crepes. Crepes can be stacked upon themselves.
          Spiced Peaches
          1. Peel peaches and cut in half. Remove stone and cut each half into thick slices. In a medium size sauce pan combine sliced peaches with rum, sugar, vanilla and spices. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and peach slices have started to soften, about 7-8 minutes. Combine orange juice with cornstarch and add all at once to the peaches, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a simmer and has thickened. Remove from heat and allow filling to cool down to a warm state.
          2. Lay one crepe on a flat surface and place 1/4 cup of spiced peaches in a slight line along the center of the crepe. Fold the bottom 1/3 of the crepe over the filling, press along filling to flatten slightly and move filling toward the outer edge. Fold top 1/3 of crepe down over the bottom, creating a long rectangle with open ends. Gently place on plate, seam side down. Repeat with remaining crepes and filling to create 12 crepes. Serve 2 per plate and drizzle with caramel sauce and top with vanilla ice cream.
          Recipe Notes

          Crepes and filling can be made one day ahead and kept covered and chilled until ready to use.  To serve warm, allow crepes to come to room temperature and warm peach filling over low heat until just warm. Assemble crepes and serve immediately.