Union Square Donuts’ Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Caramel - Boston, MA


Union Square Donuts’ Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Caramel - Boston, MA

In days gone by, the sailors of Boston Harbor would share tales of beautiful creatures who would lure fisherman with enchanting music and angelic voices -- straight to shipwreck.

In this day and age, Heather Schmidt carries the flame, enticing customers with the ambrosia that flows from her Somerville, Massachusetts bakery. Unlike the dangerous temptresses of yesterday whose shores were lined with jagged rocks, Heather’s shop is brimming with donuts — sweet, heavenly, glazed and occasionally cream-filled donuts.

A crafty charmer in her own right, Heather’s love of donuts is matched only by her love of bourbon. When I learned she was stirring up a bourbon salted caramel sauce for one of her delectable pastries, I insisted she try it with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon. What resulted was more scrumptious than I could’ve ever imagined.

For National Ice Cream Day, sink into Heather’s recipe for her caramel sauce. Drizzle it over a mound of your favorite ice cream, and savor the divine kick of Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon trademark spicy finish.

Union Square Donuts’ Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Caramel

2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1/2 Cup Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
Sea Salt to taste

1) In medium saucepan bring sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil over high heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, washing down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush.
2) Continue cooking, without stirring, until an amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes.
3) In a small saucepan, gently warm cream on stovetop.
4) Remove caramel from heat and carefully stir in the warm cream. Let cool for 1 min.
5) Stir in Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil over moderate heat and cook for 3-4 minutes while continually stirring.
6) Let the caramel sauce cool.
7) Add sea salt to taste.

Union Square Donuts


16 Bow Street
Somerville, Massachusetts
(617) 209-2257

Photos courtesy of Megan Guidarelli


Bottle of Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden's®

Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.

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