Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Favourites: Caramel Snappers

These Caramel Snappers would be a delicious addition to any Christmas table. They would also make a thoughtful, edible gift (check out some of our gift wrapping ideas below).  

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 25 vanilla caramels
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 90g/30z semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 teaspoon butter

 


These Caramel Snappers are irresistible

Method:
1. Spread the pecans into a single layer in a shallow baking pan.
2. Bake in a 180°C / 350°F for about 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally.
3. Line another shallow baking pan with foil, and butter the foil.
4. On the foil, arrange the pecans in groups of 3, flat side down.
5. In a large saucepan, combine the caramels and 1 tablespoon of butter.
6. Cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is melted and smooth.
7. Remove from the heat and drop about 1 teaspoon of melted caramel mixture onto each group of pecans.
8. Let the caramel pecan pieces stand for 20 minutes.
9. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate pieces and 1 teaspoon butter over a low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
10. Remove from the heat and spread a small amount of the chocolate over the top of each caramel piece.
11. Let it stand for another 20 minutes.

Wrap in cellophane gift bag tied with red and green ribbon with a gift tag
 
Large patty pans make a great 'nest' for packaging chocolates
 

This recipe was kindly shared with us by Charly Leetham (Author), Kim Lambert (Editor) and comes from their book, Celebrate Christmas - Sweets and Treats (The Celebrate Christmas Collection Book 2). You can buy the book here.

About the authors: 

Kim Lambert is an author, photographer, speaker, freelance writer, business woman and entrepreneur, with a background ranging from Technical Management and Development in the computing field to cooking and sewing as part of a medieval recreation group, and making theatrical costumes.

She writes cookbooks and photography books for fun (as a bit of a change from business books!) and also helps others publish their books (regardless of topic!). She lives near Canberra, Australia, and travels as often as possible.

Charly Leetham’s goal is to assist small business owners realize the power of the Internet as a channel to market their organizations in an appropriate and cost-effective manner. She helps solopreneurs and small businesses map their business processes and plan their web presence.  Charly has a passion for IT and helping people overcome their technology challenges. She has more than 24 years experience in the IT industry.

As a result of her endeavours over the last four years, Charly has won the MCEI Women in Business Marketing Award 2010, been shortlisted for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2011 awards and awarded Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses - Up to 100 Employees - Computer Services category in the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  Charly was also named in to the Top 100 Women in Ecommerce 2011 and is an honoree for Website Development in the Women In Business Golden Mouse awards.
In her spare time Charly enjoys good food, drink and company, and sharing that enjoyment. She writes recipe and seasonal books for fun and hopes that you enjoy using them! 

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