I've lost track of how many times I failed at this. I blogged about it. I searched endlessly for the perfect recipe. I bought a new thermometer. I asked questions of other bloggers who are clearly more skilled than I. And still, I couldn't get it right.
I was nearly ready to give up trying, but then another blogger was generous enough to give suggestions and wish me luck, and an old friend went on a hunt for a digital thermometer for me. Back at home, she hovered over the thermometer with me while we held our breath, hoping the 27th time would be the charm. And it was.
I realize people have been making caramel for centuries without the aid of digital anything. I realize I probably didn't angle the analog thermometer into the mixture properly, or may not have read it carefully, as the lines and numbers are small and the margin for error is even smaller. But I don't really care, because I can make caramel now.
I said I CAN MAKE CARAMEL NOW! How exciting is THAT?
So what if the whole world knows I have to use a digital thermometer? To borrow a friend's explanation for anything complicated, "It's science." I've seen videos of master chocolatiers who use digital sensors that don't get dipped into the chocolate, but instead are just aimed toward the chocolate and instantly read its temperature. Now that, my friends, really is science.
|It's not dirt! It's flecks of vanilla.|
|Eleven more degrees to go.|
|The thermometer even beeps at me to tell me I'm almost there. Isn't she nice?|
Many thanks to Shawnda of Confections of a Foodie Bride for her advice and encouragement!