Easy Butter Toffee Sauce & McCormick's Flavor Forecast 2012!

>> Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hello new year and hello you!

I've missed you...and my laptop (I've been without it for almost 2 months!)

I won't start the first post of the year with my New Year's goals...or resolutions as I did last year. (Definitely not because they are yet accomplished...)

Thinking back, Twenty Eleven (2011) saw me learning that edamame tastes pretty good in almost anything and that papaya and pineapples together can actually make your taste buds sing. So many food combinations tried and tested over that year...and shared/loved/made over and over again!

Makes me look forward to all the new flavour combos you and I will discover this year.

I think the team of experts from Flavor Forecast 2012 might know a bit more about all the trendy and inspiring flavours of 2012 than I as they have been engaged in a year-long process of identifying culinary trends!

I am writing this post in partnership with McCormick's Spice as they launch Flavor Forecast 2012. Here on this space, you know (if you've been visiting long enough) I don't normally promote commercial products - this is simply a space where I share with you what goes on in that corner of my heart and apartment where food of all sorts come out.

But as an user of the McCormick spices on a daily basis and being genuinely interested in this launch - I'd love to share with you the new flavour combos they've come up with. Coz, sharing is caring (just what my sister said to me today when I refused to lend her my cute top...)

So what is Flavor Forecast, you ask? (#You type flavor, I type flavour...)

It's essentially a forecast of the future of flavour! Or, an annual report compiled by McCormicks chefs and trend trackers that tells us what is new and trendy in the food scene this year globally!

So on their site, they've put together this great guide of flavour trends of 2012 and recipes for those flavour combinations to try. I hope you do check them out if interested. The Butter Toffee sauce I've made is from the site as well. I've been spooning on it tonight while watching TV :) It's even better than a tub of ice-cream (together would be unbeatable uh huh!)

I've attached a few of the flavour combos I find most interesting below:

Check out recipes using:

Ginger with Coconut here

Red Tea with Cinnamon & Plum here

This is definitely the flavour combo I'm most keen to try myself!!!

Korean Pepper Paste with Sesame, Asian Pear & Garlic recipes here

Check out recipes using:

Vanilla with Butter here (the Easy Butter Toffee Sauce is from here :)
Blueberry with Cardamom & Corn Masa here

For the rest of the flavour combinations of 2012, go to Flavor Forecast!

These five (5) really pretty photos above are courtesy of their website too.

Easy Butter Toffee Sauce
Recipe from here

"This toffee sauce is a snap to prepare. It elevates ice cream and sweet treats like brownies and cakes with rich, buttery flavor"

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) (125 mL or 112 grams) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL or 100 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 mL) McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1. Place butter and sugar in medium saucepan on medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture turns a deep amber color.

2. Carefully stir in cream and vanilla. (Mixture will be bubbly.) Whisking constantly, cook until sauce thickens and coats back of spoon.

Makes 1 cup or 8 (2-tablespoon) servings.


Anyways, it's great to be BACK in the blogging world and speaking to you about food once again!

New friends - nice to meet you and please make yourself at home :)

Old friends - thanks so much for returning and discovering with me.

Happy new week ahead...

P.S I start a new job tomorrow - hope to return with positive news ;)


sweetsugarbean January 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

Toffee sauce, yum! Glad to see you back blogging after your travels ;) Happy new job - good luck!

Tina @ bitemeshowme January 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM  

butter toffee sauce sounds so good. Sounds like you could use it for a whole heap of things :)

Anonymous,  January 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

Good to see that you're back! Vanilla and butter is my favorite combination, I like warm flavors. But coconut and ginger are the 'must try'.

Nami | Just One Cookbook January 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM  

Happy New Year Vivienne! Thanks for the sweet message. :-) I'm so happy you are back and congrats on your new job! Hope all is well with you.

What a yummy sauce you made! I've never had butter toffee sauce but it sounds delicious. Everything you make is delicious. I didn't know you made edamame chiffon cake! Gee, you are amazing! Can't wait to see your new posts in 2012. We'll be here waiting for your posts!

Viv January 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM  

Renee - Thank you so much girl :)

Tina - Yes definitely. I used it in a pound cake once!

Yadsia - Thank you! It's my fav combos too...hope to see those combos in your blog soon!

Nami - Thanks for your kind words :) I didn't get to post about that chiffon cake from last year so thought i'd sneak it in here somehow hahaha.

Zoe January 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM  

Hi Viv, Happy New Year! And welcome back! This easy toffee sauce look very yummy. All your forecast of 2012 cooking and baking are very interesting. I can't wait to see your adventurous baking.

Jessie January 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM  

Welcome back! I have to say I read a lot of food blogs and yours is my favorite. The sauce looks yummy too! :)

Yi @ Yi Reservation January 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

Happy New Year Viv and Happy CNY as well!

Thanks for mentioning the Flavor Forecast...I've just discovered another great source for cooking inspirations.
BTW I like the korean pepper paste + pear + garlic combo...have made this sauce for grilling a few tiems ... and I am so looking forward to try the coconut + ginger concoction.

Viv January 17, 2012 at 7:56 PM  

Zoe: Thank you, it's great to be back to blogging! :)

Jessie: Thanks so much for your kind comment!!! You're too nice hahaha :D I'm so glad you enjoy reading though :) thanks girl!

Yi: That's great! I'm def more keen to try more flavour combo from now on too...tend to stick to same thing over and over again! I'll def be trying the korean pepper + pear combo soon with some grilled stuff! :D

Jessica's Dinner Party January 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

Welcome back!!! and Happy New Year!! Can't wait to see your 2012 blogging adventures.

Aizi January 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM  

good to see you again! and Happy New Year to you too... can t wait to see more.

Anh January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM  

congrats on your new job!! And the toffee sauce looks delicious!

Jeannie January 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

Hi Viv! Here to wish you Happy CNY since it's too late to wish you happy new year lol! Great combos from McCormick's and the toffe sauce looks delicious! Bet it'll taste awesome with icecream! Yum!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef January 20, 2012 at 3:05 AM  

Welcome back! I like your New Years ideas and can't wait to see what you do with the flavor combos.

Lori January 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM  

Wow, this sauce is going on our next dessert! I love the idea of all those combos especially the coconut and ginger, and the blueberry.

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