Why would I put Caramel and Curry in the same sentence? Well, when my friend Scott over at 7 Ravens Bakehouse told me he had made a smoked cheesecake, I was completely intrigued. I have eaten (and enjoyed) smoked cheeses in my time – smoked gouda is one of my favorites! He was very kind and gave me a chunk to take home and eat. Oh, and he also gave me the go ahead to try and come up with an accompaniment – I believe his exact words were “go play”! Don’t mind if I do!
I had a lot of ideas go through my mind, but I kept coming back to caramel sauce – but it couldn’t just be plain caramel, it needed something to make it stand out, to stand up to the smoke (and let’s face it, it had to be unique enough to be seen in the same room with SMOKED cheesecake).
So..what to do?
Because I was feeling generally lazy and didn’t want to leave my house, I rummaged through the fridge until I found this:
Orange Marmalade is one of my favorite condiments, and this particular brand is very bitter and delicious. But I didn’t really want to just stay with orange – it seemed like a good addition to a caramel, but not amped up enough, so I kept looking and found this:
Ha! Curry and Orange and Caramel! I had to give it a shot. The result was not quite like anything I have ever eaten. It is an unusual combination of sweet and savory. I imagine this could have applications beyond this – mixed into buttercream, drizzled on ice cream, eaten with a spoon, or cooked into caramel candy. Seems like I might have to do some more experimenting!
This looks tasty, right?