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BackstoryThis is a "wet" caramel preparation, as opposed to "dry" caramel in which you start out with ONLY sugar in the pan. I keep this made ahead and in the refrigerator, so it's always on hand in a squeeze bottle. It can be placed in hot water to loosen it quickly... Try not to microwave it, as it starts to taste funny when repeatedly microwave'd
You can vary this recipe by substituting any of the following for the water:
Orange Blossom Water
The above are usually available in Middle Eastern markets.
You can also add alcohols at the end, part of the alcohol will evaporate, but not all. Add 2 tsp - 1 TB of any of the following:
Brandy or Courvoisier or Hennessey
Creme de cacao
Marachino or Kirchwasser
Voyant - Chai Liqueur
St Germaine - Elder Flower Liqueur
Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Creme ds Cassis
Nocello - Walnut Liqueur
And so on and so on. Whatever floats your boat or blows your hair back
Increase the salt to 2 tsp to make a salty caramel if you like.
- 2 1/2 tsp Water
- 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2/3 cup Heavy Cream
- 6 TB Butter
- Pinch of salt
- Combine sugar and water in a 2 quart, heavy bottomed saucepan and place over medium flame. (That sounds really big, but I have a 1 1/2 quart and it tried to bubble over the side when I added the heavy cream. Error on the side of caution)
- Cook, shaking pan occasionally, until sugar melts; continue cooking, stirring occasionally and scraping sides with a flexible spatula, until mixture turns golden amber. If you have a thermometer, that is about 335 - 345 Don't let it get too dark.
- Reduce the flame to low, and then carefully add cream while whisking. It is going to foam big so be careful.
- Once the foam dies down a little, add the butter 1 TB at a time.
- Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until butter melts and mixture is uniformly smooth.
- Remove from heat and pour into another bowl to stop cooking.
- You can vary this recipe by substituting any of the following for the water:
- Rose Water
- Orange Blossom Water
- Lemon Water
- Lime Water
- The above are usually available in Middle Eastern markets
- You can also add alcohols at the end, part of the alcohol will evaporate, but not all. Add 2 tsp - 1 TB of any of the following:
- Brandy or Courvoisier or Hennessey
- Makers Mark
- Creme de cacao
- Marachino or Kirchwasser
- Voyant - Chai Liqueur
- Crown Royal
- St Germaine - Elder Flower Liqueur
- Irish Mist
- Grand Marnier or Cointreau
- Creme ds Cassis
- Nocello - Walnut Liqueur
- Irish Cream
- And so on and so on. Whatever floats your boat or blows your hair back
- Increase the salt to 2 tsp to make a salty caramel if you like