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February 5, 2013

Salted Caramel Brownies

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Ingredients

CARAMEL
1 can(s) sweetened condensed milk, caramelized
1 c sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar corn syrup (can use light corn syrup)
1/4 c water
1 c heavy cream
1 tsp fleur de sel
1/4 c sour cream
BROWNIE
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 oz quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 c unsalted butter
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, room temperatrue
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp fleur de sel (this is a coarse salt, see note below)
1 tsp coarse sugar
 

Directions

1
NOTE: Fleur de sel ("flower of salt" in French; French pronunciation: ​[flœr də sɛl]) or flor de sal ("flower of salt" in Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan) is a hand-harvested sea salt collected by workers who scrape only the top layer of salt before it sinks to the bottom of large salt pans.[1] Traditional French fleur de sel is collected off the coast of Brittany, most notably in the town of Guérande (Fleur de Sel de Guérande being the most revered), but also in Noirmoutier, Île de Ré[2] and Camargue.
2
Caramelize the sweetened condensed milk by immersing a closed can of sweetended condensed milk on its side in a pot of water and bring to a boil.



Simmer or light boil for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, topping off with water as needed. NOTE: Be careful and don’t allow water to dry out; can could explode.



Remove from heat and cool thoroughly before opening. DO NOT open the can while its still hot. The condensed milk should be thick and a nice caramel color.



You can do this a day ahead.
3
Combine caramelized milk, sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium sauce pan. Heat over a medium/high heat, stirring continuously until it reaches a deep amber color about 20 minutes. It will also be pretty thick. Remove from heat and slowly stir in heavy cream and then add Fleur de Sel. Whisk in sour cream; set aside to cool.

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