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In Photos: A Road Trip Pit Stop

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on the highway between varying towns in southern BC and Revelstoke. We moved around a lot in my early years, but the constants in my life were always visiting my father and my grandparents in Revelstoke. Every summer and alternating Easters and Christmases, that’s where I went. And often while I was visiting, I’d end up going to Vernon or Salmon Arm to go shopping with an aunt or my dad or my grandma, so we drove that highway even more. When the weather was good, trips through Sicamous were always punctuated with a stop at the ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy for ice cream and a quick visit with the cows. We’d sit in the sun at a picnic table, trying to simultaneously savour the creamy cold goodness and catch the dribbles from our cones before they reached our fingers. Good times, I tell you. Good times.

Living in Calgary, we don’t make that drive very often. But when we do, we make sure we have time for an ice cream pit stop. Our latest visit was over the Easter weekend, driving from Vancouver to Revelstoke to visit my family for the holiday. A good time was had by all, even if Jamie did commandeer my ice cream! If you’re driving the Trans-Canada through Sicamous, I highly recommend this stop. It’s just off the highway, and worth the half hour or so you’ll spend indulging in ice cream made on-site from milk they get from their own animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from a cow .

D Dutchmen Dairy

A boy and his momma’s ice cream. I guess cherry cheesecake looked better to him than dutch chocolate!

D Dutchmen Dairy

The Girl and her strawberry ice cream.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Cherry cheesecake, just before it was stolen by a certain two year old.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Kisses from calves.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Visiting the yearlings.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Anybody home?

D Dutchmen Dairy

Meeting the ladies.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

I love caramel, and anything even remotely close. It’s one of my go-to ice cream toppings, and when I was a kid those little Kraft caramel candies are in my top 5 of my all-time favourite things to find in my pillowcase of candy. I’ve always bought it, because quite frankly, anything that requires a candy thermometer scares the pants off me. But lately I’ve been seeing pins for salted caramel sauce popping up on Pinterest, so I figured if they can do it, so can I.

So I did. And so help me, sweet baby jesus, I will never, ever buy a stabilizer-filled, preservative-laden caramel sauce in the grocery store again. EVER. Like, never ever. You would have to hold a gun to my head to get me to buy it. This is absolutely divine. It’s sweet and oh-so-faintly salty, caramel perfection made in my own kitchen. Why did it take me so long to try this? It’s beyond easy and came together in under 15 minutes. Local friends, pardon the spoiler, but this will certainly be added to my gifts this year.

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt (or fleur de sel, grey salt, sea salt or kosher salt)

In a 2-quart saucepan (not smaller!), pour in water. Add sugar gently to the middle of the pan – it will probably mound and begin to melt into the water, but DO NOT STIR. Cover pot and place over high heat until it comes to a boil. Once the sugar water is boiling, stick a candy thermometer in it and continue to boil over high heat until it reaches 300 degrees and is a lovely pale amber colour. At 300 degrees, crank the heat down to medium and boil until it reaches 350 degrees on the candy thermometer, and is a deep, rich amber hue. Remove from heat.

In the meantime, pour cream into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. If the cream simmers before the sugar is ready, simply cover and remove from the heat.

Add a little of the warm cream to the hot sugar, about a quarter of it. Be careful, this will bubble up a lot. Add the rest of the cream slowly, and when the bubbling subsides, whisk gently to incorporate. Add butter and salt and whisk until the butter is melted and everything is combined.

Pour into a jar, and enjoy! Makes about 2 cups.

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