Rich and creamy Irish stout caramel

toolshed flat cap stout caramel

With Saint Patrick’s Day tomorrow and a night to myself I knew I had to pick up some stout and play in the kitchen. The liquor store around the corner only had a couple options; Guinness or ToolShed Flat Cap Stout and since I generally prefer to support local, I decided to go with the latter.

I have some salted caramel chocolate pretzel ice cream from Village Ice Cream in the fridge, a perfect pairing for some stout caramel. Also, I just want to take a moment and say how perfect that ice cream flavour is, Village, you just get me.

Anyhow, this caramel is pretty easy to make and only uses a few simple ingredients. Drizzle this gorgeous silky sauce over cake, ice cream, directly into your mouth-hole, you know, whatever you like.

Ingredients:

1 355ml can Stout
2 tbsp butter
1 3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/8 tsp salt

Process:

  1. Cook stout in a saucepan on medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until almost halved in volume. Keep an eye on it to start, reducing beer at too high of a heat can result in some messy boil overs (trust me, I’ve been there.) Stir occasionally to ensure it is cooking evenly.
  2. Stir in melted butter and the brown sugar.
  3. Leave to simmer lightly, without stirring, for 15 minutes until a candy thermometer reads 225 and it is a similar consistency to maple syrup. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, that’s alright, following the time and temperature should do the trick.
  4. Remove the candy thermometer, turn heat right down, then add the evaporated milk and salt, mix thoroughly.
  5. Increase the heat again to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes until further reduced and thickened slightly. A good way to know it is done is if the bubbles on the surface look sticky and linger a while.
  6. Let cool for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. At the right consistency, you should yield 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
  7. Serve over vanilla ice cream or, even better, salted caramel. If you could eat heaven, it may just taste a little something like this.

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Have a safe and happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! Cheers!

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