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Butterscotch

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My daughter was sucking on a mystery flavored Dum-Dum lollipop last night and gave me a taste. I said, "That's butterscotch flavored." She asked what butterscotch is and I had to admit that I had no idea, but knew where to find out.

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Butterscotch is primarily butter and brown sugar. There are several variants as well.


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From an old issue of Fine Cooking magazine:

"Butterscotch is caramel -- and then some. Whereas caramel is made with white sugar, butterscotch uses brown sugar for a deeper flavor. It's also enriched with butter or cream, and it gets a flavor boost from a generous dose of salt."


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OK, so we've differentiated between caramel and butterscotch.

Now then, what's toffee?


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OK, so we've differentiated between caramel and butterscotch.

Now then, what's toffee?

Sugar takes on a different consistency at various stages of the cooking process -- soft ball, hard ball, hard crack etc. Without looking it up, my guess would be that toffee has just been cooked longer.

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OK, so we've differentiated between caramel and butterscotch.

Now then, what's toffee?

caramelized sugar, deglazed with heavy cream, to me.


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So there's never any Scotch involved?

Why not deglaze your brown-sugar caramel with butter, cream and a shot of Scotch?

Hmm...I might have something there.

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When I worked at The Grill Room, we did a butterscotch with scotch. The recipe belonged to my pastry chef-Lisa Liggett.


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So there's never any Scotch involved?

Why not deglaze your brown-sugar caramel with butter, cream and a shot of Scotch?

Hmm...I might have something there.

Think I;m going to have to try this.

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