When I was a kid, maybe 8 or 9 years old, I remember coming home from school one day to a glorious aroma. “That smells soooooo good! What is it?” I asked my Mom.
“It’s pumpkin cake with Penuche,” she replied. Wait! Pumpkin cake! That doesn’t sound good! (My 8-year-old brain was thinking: You mean you can eat pumpkin?) So why does it smell so amazing? And what is this Penuche? I’m here to tell you, just in case you didn’t know: Pumpkin cake is delicious (this one is the best I’ve had. It’s from Chef-In-Training) And my Salted Penuche Frosting, just WOW!
Penuche (pronounced pen-OOSH) is traditionally a fudge-like candy made with brown sugar and butter. It has a fantastic caramel/toffee flavor. And you can make a Penuche frosting so easily, it could easily become your go-too frosting. Just a few ingredients and a saucepan, a few minutes later you have Penuche Frosting! I can hardly think of a cake you wouldn’t want to spread it on. Well, pour it is more accurate. You pour it on while it is warm, and in a few minutes it sets up on your cake. It’s like a nice warm blanket over the cake. No spreading necessary.
Traditional penuche does not contain salt. Now, I like my caramel salted, to a point where you can detect the salt as well as the caramel, for the full sweet-and-salty effect. Addicting, I must say. If you like yours a little less salty, feel free to add just 1/2 teaspoon! Delicious!
So make a cake. Any flavor (preferably pumpkin). And pour some Penuche. Enjoy!