Pumpkin caramels

These seasonal sweeties make perfect presents for friends and family... or you!

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • DifficultyMedium
50g roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
325g maple syrup
165g light brown sugar
120ml double cream
85g dark corn syrup
1 tsp pumpkin or apple pie spice
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
165g tinned pumpkin puree, room temperature
15g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
Special equipment: Candy thermometer

1) Line an 10 by 20cm loaf pan with waxed paper or aluminium foil. Brush the sides, but not the bottom lightly with butter and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds in the bottom.

2) Whisk the maple syrup, brown sugar, cream, dark corn syrup, pie spice, lemon juice, and salt together in a heavy bottomed medium saucepan. Brush down the sides on the saucepan with water to remove every grain of sugar. Set the candy thermometer into the sugar. Cook the mixture over medium heat, without stirring, until the mixture reaches the firm ball stage, 128°C, about 18 to 20 minutes.

3) Carefully stir in the pumpkin puree. Return to the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the caramel reaches the soft ball stage, 116°C, about 15 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

4) Pour the caramel over the pumpkin seeds in the prepared pan. Smooth to an even layer. Cool to room temperature.

5) When fully cooled peel from the waxed paper or foil and cut into 24 (2 1/2cm) squares. Wrap individually in parchment or waxed paper and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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