Welcome to February!
So, a few weeks ago I discovered a website where bloggers can submit their blogs for various assignments to rate and review products. I was lucky enough to be selected by a wonderful woman, Lori, to sample and review her Salt Caramel Syrup. I love breakfast foods, I love syrup, and I love anything sea salt caramel- so I certainly crossed my fingers for this opportunity. I know some people may be wondering how good flavored syrup could be, so let me tell you it is delicious. Lori sent me a bottle for review purposes, which I used on pancakes by itself, and then in a Soft Maple Sugar Cookie recipe to test how well it works in baking.
Lori sent me an 8fl oz (240 ml) bottle, which I believe is a standard size you would find in stores. It's a wonderful glass bottle with a homemade label on the front and back.
This syrup is handmade in Ashland, Oregon from just five (5) ingredients!
Caramelized cane sugar
Natural maple flavor
Celtic sea salt
Serving Size: 1TB
Servings per bottle: 16
Total Carb: 15g
And that's it! Simple ingredients with a DELICIOUS flavor! Now on to the reviews and recipe!
My Unbiased Review
I really love reviewing products because as a consumer myself, I want to know exactly what people think about a product before I spend money on it. Whenever I review something, I will always give a truthful and unbiased review. Readers and consumers deserve nothing less.
If you love caramel, sea salt, and syrup then you WILL love this product. I did wonder at first how much of the salt flavor would come through, but the sweetness of the sugar, maple, and vanilla definitely blend well with the salt. The texture of the syrup is smooth and the caramel accent is notable and fragrant. This really made my P28 Protein Pancakes extra special this morning- I didn't even add any butter because you certainly don't need it! On it's own this syrup is delicious, and I will definitely purchase some bottles in the future!
Baking with Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup
It's one thing to have syrup in your pantry for breakfast, but what about when you come across a random recipe that calls for maple syrup? Can you bake with this syrup? Answer: absolutely yes.
I searched for some recipes that called for maple syrup in the actual baked good, as opposed to just the glaze or frosting on top. I finally found and settled on the Soft Maple Sugar Cookies recipe from DearCrissy (adapted from Better Homes and Gardens) because it called for a decent amount of syrup, and my brother loves sugar cookies (something my mom doesn't make!) I'm going to reproduce the recipe here with the small changes I made.
LORI'S SALT CARAMEL SOFT MAPLE SUGAR COOKIES
Yield: 20 cookies (I got about 22)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 to 14 minutes (mine needed the full 14 minutes)
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat in flour.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. (I used a cookie scoop) Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (tops will still look slightly soft). **Depending on the size of your cookies you will need to adjust the time. I needed the full 14 minutes.**
4. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Centers will dip as cookies cool.
Notes: There is a maple drizzle for this recipe, but my family doesn't like frosting or drizzle ( I DO THOUGH!!) so I didn't make the optional icing. Honestly, the syrup is so flavorful that I think an icing would be too much. Also, the standard recipe called for 1/8tsp salt, but I made a careful decision to omit it because of the salt in the syrup. I definitely recommend not using the additional salt.
Aren't those just the most perfect looking cookies?! I can't even begin to tell you how delicious these cookies are. They are so soft in the center with a little crunch around the edges. But what really makes them special is the flavor. Oh my goodness, the caramel and the hint of sea salt makes these delectable. They taste like little bites of french toast heaven. Of the 22 made, there are currently 13 left and my brother even made the comment I should be selling them somewhere! If that doesn't encourage you to get a bottle of this syrup and start baking, then I don't know what would!
If you're ready to take your breakfasts from blah to BAM, and your baking from good to GREAT- you can purchase your bottle of Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup here.
Let me know if you decide to purchase a bottle!