Senior Care in Jupiter FL
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sweet and creamy ice cream treats with your elderly parents, but it is increasingly difficult to find ice cream, particularly those beyond the classic flavors of vanilla and chocolate, that do not contain a long list of chemical additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Creating your own flavored ice cream creations using homemade ingredients and toppings enables you to make enjoying ice cream treats part of your summer senior care plan without worrying about what you are putting in your elderly loved ones’ bodies.
One of the simplest, yet most decadent, ice cream toppings you can create is homemade caramel sauce. This creamy indulgence is an impressive touch to a bowl of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, but can also be used to enhance cakes, pies, cookies, or even drizzled into coffee for a special morning treat. Once you have the technique mastered you will be happy to create jars full of it to give as gifts or to keep in the refrigerator so that your parents and their senior health care services provider can indulge at snack or dessert time.
What You’ll Need
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Heavy bottomed pot
• Heat-resistant plastic or wooden spoon
What to Do
• Put the heavy bottomed pan on the stove over medium-low heat
• Add the butter and allow to melt completely
• Add both types of sugar into the melted butter and whisk together
• Allow the sugar and butter to cook together until it turns into a bubbling brown paste. Avoid the temptation to turn up the heat as this mixture can burn incredibly easily and ruin the caramel
• If you notice that the sugar paste is pulling together toward the center of the pan but there is a considerable amount of melted butter around it, sprinkle in a small amount of sugar and stir until the entire mixture comes together
• At this point you should smell a rich, sweet, nutty fragrance. This means it is time to add in the cream
• Whisking the sugar continuously, pour in the cream. Be aware that the cream and sugar will bubble up violently. This is normal. Just continue to whisk to incorporate the cream and the reaction will calm
• Once the mixture stops bubbling, add in the pure vanilla extract and the salt. Make sure you are using a good-quality vanilla extract and not an artificial vanilla flavoring, which will give the caramel a chemical taste
• Switch to the wooden or heat-resistant plastic spoon and continue to stir until all of the ingredients come together and the caramel is a thick, pourable consistency
• Remove the caramel from the heat and transfer into a bowl or clean, sanitized glass jar for cooling
The caramel stays good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so make a batch or two and enjoy it on a variety of treats from sliced apples to popcorn.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care services in Jupiter, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.