Carole Bloom has been a prolific and respected dessert author for 20 years. Suzen and I have almost, but not quite, every one of her dozen books. Number 12 is new and gorgeous and enticing. Caramel is filled with sweet, gooey, decadent treasures. I can’t say you should eat one every day, but I could understand if you did.

Yes, I’m going to post a few recipes from Caramel here over the next couple of weeks. But, the one recipe I am not going to post is Carole’s Classic Caramel Sauce. For that you need to journey out and take a look at Caramel yourself. I am here really encouraging you to buy the book. I think Carole has perfected caramel sauce and I hope you learn her secrets.

Google caramel sauce instead? Oh, I tried that last night. You know how, when you start a search in Google, you are offered auto completion hints? Well, when you start with “caramel” you are offered lots of suggestions: with milk, without milk, … Too many suggestions. Go down one of the search paths, and you will find recipes that have two ingredients, three, four, … , a gaggle. There is a grove of recipes out there and an equal complexity about techniques. Take a look at Carole’s book and you’ll save yourself time and effort.

Beyond that secret caramel sauce, what other treats are there in Caramel? Well:

  • Caramel Cashew Tart
  • Caramel Layered Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Caramel Milk Chocolate Mousse
  • Caramel Dulce de Leche Pecan Pie
  • Cocoa and Caramel Sandwich Cookies
  • Classic Butterscotch Pudding
  • Classic Cream Caramels
  • Pecan Butterscotch Cookies
  • Espresso Crème Caramel
  • Salted Peanut Caramel Tartlets
  • Caramelized Banana Turnovers
  • and more …

Temptation lies on every page. The photographs by Alexandra DeFurio are full page and as deep in color as the caramel is in flavor. They are seductive, but they also can assist you in making your daily choice.

The recipes are, typical of Carole, clearly written with detail that gracefully guides you step by step. These are not 5 minute recipes so do plan on investing some time. Greatness, sticky greatness, takes just a tad of effort.