Caramel Sauce

Makes about 2 cups Ingredients 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Directions Prepare an ice bath. Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat. Combine the sugar and corn syrup in […]

Free Recipes, Pies and Tarts

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie This simple variation on pecan pie is for the chocolate-lovers. The chocolate is not overpowering, but is actually a great semi-bitter complement to the otherwise sweet pie. Served warm, the chocolate will be melted and gooey, but served at room temperature, you can enjoy bites of […]


Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes about 2 cups Ingredients 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2/3 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions Combine the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and water in a […]

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Making Homemade Fudge

Fudge is without question the quintessential homemade candy; it has been made in home kitchens for over 100 years. Mention fudge, and most of us immediately think of chocolate, but chocolate is not the defining ingredient in fudge; it can be made using a wide variety of flavoring ingredients. The […]



Makes 80 pieces Ingredients 3/4 oz (3 tablespoons; 3 envelopes) powdered gelatin 1/2 cup very cold water 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, unsifted 1/2 cup cornstarch Directions Stir the gelatin into […]


Peanut Brittle

Makes 1 thin sheet Brittle is some of the easiest candy to make, and the pay-off is unbeatable! This basic version uses peanuts, but you can substitute any nuts, especially roughly chopped almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts, or even sesame seeds, pepitas, or oats. Add smoked sea salt or cocoa […]

Pies and Tarts

Pecan Pie

This classic Pecan Pie can be fancied up with bourbon, melted chocolate, or even toasted coconut. Make it a day ahead so it has time to fully cool for neat slices. Makes one 9-inch pie


Soft Caramels

Makes 1 1/2 lbs Ingredients Flourless cooking spray for greasing 2 cups sugar 1 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup whole or low-fat milk Large zest strips from 1/2 orange 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1/3 cup light corn syrup 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Directions Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking […]