How to Make Caramel
Caramel is certainly a decadent treat, but it is surprisingly simple to make. Caramel can be a bit temperamental, but it is quick to make and requires only three ingredients.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- a stick and a half of butter (12 tablespoons), cut into pieces
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon of kosher salt (optional)
Add the sugar to a medium saucepan and set heat to medium/high. Whisk until the sugar is completely melted, then let it bubble. This is where you need to keep a close eye on your caramel, as it can burn. The sugar should be amber in color and smell a bit toasty. If you smell an acrid, burnt aroma, it has cooked too long. The use of a cooking thermometer can take the guesswork out of this step. Your sugar should reach approximately 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Once the melted sugar is amber colored, add all of the butter at once. Whisk until melted, then remove from heat. Add the cream and stir to combine. Note that the sugar will bubble up when ingredients are added!
Once your caramel is smooth, you can choose to add salt for a little depth of flavor, or leave it as is. Once cooled, it can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for 4 weeks.