Today for Tasty Tuesday we have a real sweet treat! Contemporary romance author Jill Haymaker shares her recipe for homemade caramels! Yum! Tell us more, Jill!
Today I’d like to share with you my Caramels recipe. This recipe has been passed down through five generations of my family since sometime in the 1800s. My mother did not bake a lot, but growing up every year during the cold winter months, it has always been a special treat to have the delicious homemade caramels. I have had the joy of watching my children and grandchildren delight in the sweet treat as much as I did.
Combine in a large sauce pan:
½ lb. butter
2¼ cups brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Slowly boil, stirring constantly until you reach 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, or just after you reach the soft ball stage. (Hint: the caramel will darken in color just before it is done.)
Pour into a 9×13-inch baking dish and refrigerate to cool. Cut into squares and wrap individual pieces.
My Peakview Series centers around the small Colorado mountain of Peakview. Although the town is a product of my imagination, it is a composite of many small mountain towns where I have had the pleasure to spend time. The most consistent and well-liked character in my series is Violet Crandall who owns and runs the small café in the center of town. Violet is known for her kindness, her baking skills, and her uncanny ability to know everything that is going on in Peakview County. The internet has nothing on her. She also prides herself on being quite the matchmaker. If you ask her, she is responsible for every romance that has happened in Peakview.
If you’re single, you better watch out, Violet will know your perfect match before you do. The eighth book in the series, Colorado Golden Sunset, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07828MFF1 was released just before Christmas.
Violet’s own romance can be found in the second book in the series, Breakfast for Two. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014VA616G, or at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Google Play.
The tiny, mountain town of Peakview, Colorado, wouldn’t be the same without Violet’s Café, and its owner, Violet Woods. Widowed in her fifties, she leads a solitary life with only her cat Lucky to keep her warm at night. All thoughts of romance died with Stan. They had a wonderful, long happy marriage, and she’s content to live out the rest of her life with her memories.
Howard Crandall, Peakview’s only mechanic, is a confirmed bachelor and something of a hermit. When Stan died, he took it upon himself to look out for Violet, and Violet has kept him alive with her cooking skills. Over the years, they have become friends, but it isn’t until the past he has hid from for thirty year past suddenly catches up with him, that he opens up to the idea of finding love.
Is there a second chance for these two lonely souls?
On any given day you are likely to find Violet in the kitchen baking something homemade for her daily special. Many times she’s joined by her adorable granddaughters or any of the many local children she’s taken under her wing.
Jill Haymaker was born and raised in Indiana and Ohio. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado. Ms. Haymaker made her home in Fort Collins until her recent move to East Texas. She practiced family law in Fort Collins for the past 20 years. She has three grown children, a son and two daughters. She also has three granddaughters.
Jill has always had a passion for writing. Colorado Sunset was her first full-length romance novel in her Peakview, Colorado, series. Her latest book, Colorado Golden Sunrise, is the eighth book in the series. If you love small town romance, you will love the characters in this series. She also has had several short stories published by Chicken Soup for the Soul, the most recent in the book Random Acts of Kindness.
When not practicing law or writing, Jill enjoys The Colorado mountains, horseback riding, gardening, long walks with her Shetland Sheepdog, Laddie, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys their numerous sporting events. She is also an avid football fan and can be found on autumn weekends cheering on her favorite teams. She has a passion for working with high school youth; she is a youth group leader at her church, coaches a high school mock trial team, and is a volunteer at cross country and track meets.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/jillhaymaker/e/B00VU1T4QY
I’ll say it again: yum! I’ve been out to Colorado several times, and plan to go again this year for the RWA conference in Denver this summer. Beautiful is an understatement! Thanks, Jill, for sharing your recipe and your stories!
Do you like to make candy? Caramels sound like something easy to make and delicious to boot. What kinds of candy do you all enjoy eating, if not making?
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