Thursday, 15 September 2016

Chocolate nutella caramel cups

These chocolate nutella caramel cups are so good that I want to curl up in a cosy chair with the whole tub and gobble them up.  Maybe it is just as well that they are so rich that even my chocolate loving stomach could not handle such indulgence.

In fact, it is hard to justify making such decadent delights.  But life is just begging for them when you have caramel sauce from the farmers market, gold salt to show off and our wedding anniversary in a week of birthdays. (Seems like it wasn't so bright to just let both our witnesses tell us when it would suit to get married in the registry office.)

It is embarrassing that they have so few ingredients that if I called them more accurately Salted Chocolate Nutella Caramel Cups, the name of the recipe would have more words than the ingredient list!  So I left off salted, partly because everyone adds salt to caramel these day.  Don't they!

I had been swooning over a recipe for these chocolates which included caramel made from scratch.  But I had to buy the jar of caramel sauce at the farmers market just because it was made by someone called Sylvia (and we don't often cross paths with people who share a name with our own Sylvia).  So it seemed crazy to go and make my own caramel.  That frees up a little time for birthday messages.

The recipe claimed it made 12 cups in mini muffin tins.  Mine made 36.  Which was just as well.  The above photo is of the first 12 that I made before I ran out of energy.  There was too much chocolate and not enough caramel.  It took a few days to make the rest of the cups.  When I did I packed in more caramel and was much happier with the ratio.

The combination of chocolate and nutella works brilliantly (unless you are catering to nut allergies).  The nutella makes the chocolate easier to handle.   I left the bowl of chocolate at room temperature for a couple of days and then melted it when ready to make more and it was still good.

It also means that the chocolate is still creamy when kept in the fridge.  We tried keeping them out of the fridge which made them softer but I did like how chewy the caramel was when chilled.  It also makes them easier to take out of the cupcake papers.

I gave them to my mum when she visited and she had to bo back for a second.  I took some in to work because we had so many.  And we still have quite a few in the fridge.  They would make great gifts.  After all, it is only 100 days until Christmas.  But you don't have to wait for the festive season to kick in to make these.  I can't think of a better way to impress your friends and make any day a celebration!

It is six years of We Should Cocoa, one of my favourite blog events that brings together chocolate loving bloggers.  I am sending these chocolate cups along to Choclette to celebrate all those years of sharing chocolate recipes.

Check out more of my nutella recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe.

Chocolate nutella caramel cups
Adapted from Broma Bakery

3/4 cup nutella
350g dark chocolate
1 cup caramel sauce
salt flakes

Melt chocolate and nutella together.  Line 3 x 12 cup mini muffin trays with mini muffin cupccake papers.  Use a brush to coat the edges of each cupcake paper.  Place in fridge until set (10-15 minutes).  If there are any edges that are too thin, patch them up when out of the fridge and return to fridge to set.

Drop about 1/2 tsp of caramel sauce into each cup.  If the caramel is too gooey, set in fridge.  (Mine was quite thick and didn't need setting.)

Top with a little more chocolate to just cover the caramel. It should be runny enough to flatten out.  Sprinkle with salt flakes straight away before chocolate sets.  Return to fridge to set hard enough to rip the cupcake papers off chocolates.  Keeps at room temperature or in fridge.

NOTES:
  • I used about 200g of 72% dark chocolate and the rest of the chocolate in dark choc chips. 
  • I found a silicone brush good for brushing the chocolate onto the papers.  I tried dropping some chocolate into the cup and rubbing it over with my fingers but got too much chocolate in it.
  • My caramel sauce was not runny at room temperature - I had to dig it out with a spoon.  If you don't have caramel sauce, you can make your own as Broma Bakery did.
  • Make sure that the chocolate is quite runny when covering the caramel.  When I first did it, the chocolate had cooled and thickened too much so I ended up with too much chocolate on top.  The second time I reheated the chocolate so I was able to drop a little and it would spread and flatten. 
  • Salt flakes are ideal.  However I had gold salt in a grinder that I wanted to use and this was fine.
  • I think it might be possible to veganise these by using my vegan nutella with coconut condensed milk and this vegan caramel filling

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18 comments:

  1. How delicious these look - I'd like to curl up with them too! Yum.

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    1. Thanks Kari - wish I had some left to send your way

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  2. YUM! I couldn't stop staring at the first pic Johanna. I want to make these :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - yes I have thought maybe I could just keep staring at the pic when I crave chocolate next - if only that was enough :-)

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  3. This is awesome! I have always loved caramel filled chocolates and I am saving this recipe for the holiday season. Maybe as a present...or all for myself!

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    1. Thanks Mihi - definitely as a present just for you :-)

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  4. These look delish - and simple is good.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - yes that is my sort of simple

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  5. Holy moly I'm seriously drooling over here. That gold salt is really just gorgeous. I'm wanting to track some down. And yes, making your own caramel sauce is nice, but buying some frees up time ;) Good call on that.
    "After all, it is only 100 days until Christmas." Slow down there, Johanna! It's not even Halloween yet ;p I was going to say Thanksgiving, but realized you may not have Thanksgiving. Now that I'm saying Halloween, I'm not sure that's celebrated where you are either. Hmmm.
    Happy Anniversary!!!

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    1. Thanks Kimmy - I was so excited when I saw the gold salt but haven't had lots of opportunities to feature it. We don't do thanksgiving and halloween is getting bigger but still feels like an imported holiday rather than our own

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  6. Oh my - I can see why you want to settle down and eat them all - they look amazing! What beautiful photographs! H x

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    1. Thanks Helen - they tasted amazing too

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  7. I'm not sure I could resist eating the lot! They look and sound divine. Interesting that the Nutella make the chocolate easier to handle.... does it still become very liquid?
    Did I see you mention the 'C' word? 100 days? Sssssshhhhhhh......

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    1. Thanks Kate - the chocolate was quite liquid but I ddin't need to worry about bloom and tempering (or maybe I just had good luck but it did seem less temperamental) Yep 100 days and on Tuesday (two days ago) Sylvia and I walked into a department store that had a Christmas display and we were just like "that is crazy"

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  8. These look amazing. I'm not sure I could stop at one!

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    1. Thanks Lisa - I did wonder if I could hide some in the fridge but I think it was just a case of resistance is futile

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  9. Oh what an absolutely brilliant celebratory chocolate recipe for We Should Cocoa. Thank you Johanna. Though I'm not sure I should be thanking you really as I am just going to have to give these a try now. Congratulations on your anniversary, these chocolates are a fitting celebration. I still swoon at the thought of salted caramel, it has to be one of my favourite things. The nutella addition sounds rather splendid too.

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    1. Thanks Choclette - and I can assure you, you will be thanking me when you taste them - they are really amazing :-)

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