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Salted Caramel Frosting ...AKA --- MY NEMESIS! (PLEASE HELP!!!)


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Salted Caramel Frosting ...AKA --- MY NEMESIS! (PLEASE HELP!!!)

prego_cook | May 9, 2011 10:36 AM

Okay.... I'm a pretty seasoned cook... love to bake... can follow a recipe ... change it around, substitute ingredients without much problem... i love to be in the kitchen. I do a lot of cooking and baking. Cookies etc.....

BUT.... this recipe is *killing* me! I have tried it numerous times and NOT ONE TIME have I been able to get it right the first time! It generally takes me THREE TIMES before I get a good batch! I CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHAT I'M DOING WRONG!!!!!

It's a recipe for Salted Caramel Frosting..... the first step is to BROWN THE BUTTER.... that part is a challenge in itself so if anyone does this on a regular basis and can tell me about how long it takes that'd be great.... I kinda wait for the color to change and just before it starts to look grainy is where i take it to....

The next step (assuming i didn't BURN the butter) is adding a tsp of lemon juice and the brown sugar - and here is where it begins to break down because I'm supposed to get the sugar to boil.... and it never does! I don't get it! It doesn't boil - it gets grainy and if i'm not careful the butter starts to separate! The following step is to add the cream and when I add the cream it makes little CHUNKS! Extremely unappealing....

This last time I actually heated the cream because I didn't want to pour it into the sugar mixture cold and have it seize even more.......

I was able to get some of it to an okay consistency, but i had to STRAIN OUT the hard pieces before i could mix it with the powdered sugar...

If someone can give me some pointers on this it'd be so helpful! I've made it 3 times and each time it has taken me THREE TIMES before it has worked and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.

It is *AWESOME* when it works but I need some serious help getting it there!

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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