See's Butterscotch Squares

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See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby Momma Snider » Tue 25 Sep, 2012 12:57 pm

I haven't tried this yet, but I don't see how it could go wrong. I especially like how you put part of the brown sugar in after it cooks, because that grainy texture is the best part.

Cloned See’s Butterscotch Squares, April 2010 Version

 2 cups brown sugar, packed
 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (reserve for later)
 3/4 cup heavy cream
 6 tbsp. butter
 1/4 tsp table salt
 1/2 tsp baking soda
 1/4 tsp vanilla flavoring
 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted to remove clumps
Combine brown sugar, cream, butter, and salt in a large heavy saucepan.
 Don’t skimp on the size of the pan. Stir to integrate. Apply medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a healthy boil.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer at a slight boil for 15 minutes,
 stirring every few minutes to eliminate any boil-inhibiting skin
 which might form. Add the baking soda, remove from the heat, and mix it in well.
 Next stir in the vanilla and confectioner’s sugar. Keep mixing until the sugar is 
well-incorporated. Then, and not a moment before, add the reserved brown sugar.
Pour into a square or rectangular pan such as an 8×8 or 9×9 inch,
 lined with parchment paper. Let cool to room temperature
 (a couple hours at least, more depending on weather). Cut into inch-square pieces, or less.

And then, of course, you dip them in milk chocolate. My daughter-in-law said that Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips come the closest to what See's uses, and that brand is supposedly the base of what See's uses.

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Re: See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 05 Dec, 2012 01:04 pm

Well, I tried this recipe, and it came out way overcooked. I could hardly mix the powdered sugar in, and then it just crumbled into the pan. But my DIL said she made them, and they were just fine, although a little crumbly when she cut them into squares. So I'm thinking maybe my simmering temperature was too high. I think I'll try again, and use a candy thermometer or the soft-ball test, as well as lower the flame even more. I really want them to work!

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Re: See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby Momma Snider » Tue 18 Dec, 2012 12:27 pm

I tried again. They were delicious, but not exactly like the real thing somehow. I think it might have been the baking soda, and I don't understand why candy would have baking soda anyway. If I try them again, I'll eliminate that and see what happens.

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Re: See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby KareNin » Tue 18 Dec, 2012 07:41 pm

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Re: See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 19 Dec, 2012 10:34 am

That is very interesting! Thanks, KareNin!

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Re: See's Butterscotch Squares

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 01 May, 2013 04:43 pm

I look at this recipe every Wednesday, it seems, and think I'm going to make some on Saturday. But since even I couldn't possibly eat it all in one day, I don't think that would be a good idea.


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