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How do you make caramel?

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To make caramel, mix sugar, water and a dash of lemon juice in a saucepan. Continually swirl the mixture until it starts to turn golden and thickens.

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How do you make caramel?
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Homemade Caramel Recipe:

Caramel is very easy to make. Cooks can use it as a base for caramel sauce or add it to caramel-based desserts such as creme caramel. Use the following steps to make caramel.

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Ready In: 15 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. butter (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Mix the sugar and water
  2. Mix the sugar and water together in a saucepan. Include 1/4 tsp. of lemon juice to keep the caramel from crystallizing as it cooks.

  3. Boil the mixture
  4. Turn up the element to medium-high and bring the sugar and water mixture to a boil. Swirl the mixture in the pan gently to keep it from crystallizing. Brush the sides with a pastry brush to keep the mixture from sticking to the sides as it cooks. Cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the caramel from the heat
  6. Continue swirling the caramel as it starts to turn golden. If using the caramel to make caramel sauce, remove the pan from the heat when the caramel appears amber. If using the mixture in richer desserts such as creme caramel, let it turn a darker amber.

  7. Add the cream, butter and vanilla
  8. To make caramel sauce, add the heavy cream to the mixture. Stir the cream in slowly so that it does not splatter. Turn the element to low and put the pan back on the element. Add the butter and vanilla and stir the mixture until it is creamy.

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