01/26/15

Salted Dulce de Leche Cake

Because everything sweet also needs a little something salty, today I’m kicking off the week with a recipe for salted dulce de leche. It tastes a whole lot like salted caramel sauce…only dulce de leche is about 100 times easier to make. If you can open a can and use a slow cooker, you can make this sister sauce to salted caramel.

This recipe actually kicks off a new series of posts that I’ve teamed up with Linda Jednaszewski to create. Linda works behind the scenes with me on Paper & Stitch, mainly with craft production and now recipe development as well. She is an awesome cook and I’m so excited to be working with her to bring you more original recipes in 2015.

Alright, enough talking. Let’s get to the good stuff…

(Super Easy) Recipe for Salted Dulce de Leche Drizzle

Ingredients:

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk // 1 tsp vanilla // 1 tsp salt

You’ll also need:

Slow cooker // 2 half-pint mason jars and lids, sanitized // Mortar and pestle // Wood cutting board or towel

Instructions:

1. Grind the salt with the mortar and pestle to achieve a superfine grain.

2. Divide the sweetened condensed milk evenly and add to the mason jars. Repeat with the vanilla and salt.

3. Screw the lids onto the jars, sealing tightly. Invert the jars and shake to mix well.

4. Place the jars in the slow cooker and fill the slow cooker with water. Make sure to cover the tops of the jars with at least 1 inch of water.

5. Turn the slow cooker on low heat and cook overnight (for 8 to 12 hours) until desired level of caramelization is achieved.

6. Turn off the slow cooker and let the water cool for an hour. Remove the jars and place on a wood cutting board or towel to cool completely. Be careful – the water stays pretty warm! And, because the jars are glass, you want to be careful not to let them touch anything cold (to avoid breaking the glass).

This recipe yields 1.25 cups of caramel sauce, which is exactly the amount that you need for the salted caramel ice cream (which we’ll be sharing a recipe for next week). The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Note: If you want to thin the sauce a bit to easily pour it onto a cake, mix a splash of half an half or heavy cream and whisk.

Salted Dulce de Leche Recipe

Recipe // Salted Dulce de Leche Drizzle

Salted Dulce de Leche Cake

Recipe and baking by Linda Jednaszewski (adapted from Foodie with Family)
Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

For about $4 worth of ingredients, you can dress up a store bought cake with this salty sweet sauce. Or use it for milkshakes, cookies, even in your morning coffee. Yum!

Think you’ll give this recipe a try for cakes, cookies, or coffee?

01/23/15

6 Weekend DIYs to Try

This weekend I am planning to spend an inappropriate amount of time laying on the couch and watching movies. This week was a doozie, so if you have any Apple TV or Netflix suggestions, let me know.

That said, I’m pretty sure that I can still get a DIY or two in there….you know…from the couch. :) So, I rounded up some weekend DIYs to try. #3 is a must, if you ask me.

1. blood orange popsicles recipe

2. hand lettered DIY dip dyed stationery

3. marble moon phase wall hanging project from Almost Makes Perfect

4. strawberry cream cake recipe from Pretty Simple Sweet

5. make your own (all natural) stovetop potpourri

6. hand painted DIY watercolor scarf

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

01/22/15

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

If there is one (newish) craft supply that I am loving more than any other lately, it has to be Lumi Inkodye. I used it for these Thanksgiving napkins last year, and since then, have thought of a zillion other ways to use this stuff. Although I haven’t tried any of those ideas until now.

So…for Valentine’s Day, I made these fabric message gift bags with some help from the sun, some stickers, and (of course) Inkodye. You can create conversation heart messaging (Be Mine, Luv You, etc) or add names to create candy-filled place setting bags for V-day dinner guests instead.

Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

V-Day DIY Idea

Supplies:

  • Lumi Inkodye (which you can get from Darby Smart)
  • Cloth Favor Bags (again from Darby Smart)
  • Sticker Letters (which are available on Amazon)

How To:

1. Start by shaking up the Lumi Inkodye for at least 30 seconds. Then snap open the package, according to instructions, and spread the dye all over the bag. Use the ends of the packaging to scrape the dye around, making sure it evenly coats the fabric.

2. Next, create a message on each bag with a pack of letter stickers.

3. Then, place the bags outside, in direct sunlight, for 15-30 minutes (depends on the time of day – peak sun hours will need less time).

4. Then bring back indoors and remove the stickers in a low light area. Wash the bags according to the Inkodye instructions and let them dry flat.

V-Day Fabric Gift Bags Idea

Stuff the finished gift bags with wrapped candy, macarons, candied blood oranges…whatever makes your heart (and stomach) go pitter patter, and enjoy.

DIY // Dyed Fabric Gift Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Typographic V-Day Favor Bags

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? What kinds of holiday projects do you have up your sleeve for next month?

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