Caramel has always been one of my favorite dessert sauces. Yes, I even like it better than chocolate sauce and I use it as a topping for ice-creams, cakes, and other desserts. Do you think it’s hard to prepare it? Well, we’re trying to make the process of how to make caramel as simple as possible for you. So here is a short guide.
This sauce has a very rich taste and it’s delicious even on its own. But be careful! We don’t recommend you eat it from a jar, with a spoon. Trust me, I have a lot of experience in this area because I can hardly resist its amazing flavor.
Just try to use it in moderation, ok?
How to make caramel in 8 steps
1. Get your ingredients together
You will need 1/4 cup of water, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 stick of butter, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
When it comes to kitchen equipment, you will need a whisk, a spoon, and a heavy-bottomed pot. So gather all of these things together in your workspace, because the process is almost lightning-fast!
2. Put the water on heat
Add the water to the pan over medium heat.
3. Dissolve the sugar
Add the sugar to the water. Cook the mixture while stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the water starts to boil.
When the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear, stop stirring. Let the pan boil some more.
During boiling, the water starts to evaporate and the mixture will change color. That’s when you know the mixture will caramelize.
5. Brush the sides
When sugar crystals build up on the walls of the pot, use a wet pastry brush to send the crystals back in the mixture, and they will dissolve too.
6. Remove from the heat
7-10 minutes in the cooking process, the sugar mixture should reach a deep amber color. That is when you remove the pan from the heat. Watch it closely, or it might get burnt.
7. Add cream
Pour the heavy cream into the caramelized sugar and use the whisk to mix it in, until it’s creamy and smooth. Use caution, because the hot sugar will bubble when it meets the cream.
8. Add butter and salt
Add the butter and salt, and whisk them in until the texture of the mixture is smooth. And enjoy!