Introduction: Easy Caramel

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Caramel is one of my favourite flavours but I am fairly picky about what caramel I like.  This one ticks all of the boxes. 

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

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You will need

A can of condensed milk (try to not drink the entire can before you start)
1/3 cup of brown sugar 
50 grams butter

small saucepan

and about 10-20 minutes of time to constantly stir.

Step 2: Cook It

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Add all ingredients to the saucepan and cook over a low-medium heat stirring constantly.  If you don't stir the entire time you will get brown burned bits on the bottom.

This also gets really hot so you need to be careful if you want to keep tasting it (it is hard to resist).

After about 10-15 minutes this should start to get thick.  If it doesn't start to get quite thick after about 10 minutes turn up your heat.

It thickens more on cooling, so, if you want this for on top of ice cream stop a little early (when it still drips/runs), for tarts or other desserts where a thick mix is necessary you don't want it to drip or run.

I will also be adding a recipe for easy tarts using this caramel.


drwebster (author)2013-08-11

oh boy does that look yummy and good instructable,thanks

organgrinder (author)drwebster2013-08-22


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-08-21

Sounds good! I just love caramel! So it looks like it doesn't get as dark as caramel, do you know if it would if you cooked it longer? Or is it not advisable to cook it longer?

After 15 minutes it is so thick you couldn't leave it longer. To make it darker you could use dark brown sugar or add a bit of milk as it starts to thicken so it has to cook longer. I am used to darker caramel as well, but this tastes just as good :)

jessyratfink (author)2013-08-09

Neat! I've heard of people doing this by putting the whole can in a crockpot for a long time, but this look like an excellent shortcut. :D

Hey Guys, Dulce de leche (boiling the can of condensed milk) is a bit different in that it is always liquid. This caramel is fairly set and sturdy and could be rolled into balls and then rolled into biscuit (cookie) crumbs, coconut, rice bubbles, etc and hold its shape. It also tastes a bit different :)

mspinks (author)jessyratfink2013-08-09

Yes. In fact, my mom doesn't even use a pressure cooker. She just boils a whole can of eagle brand sweetened condensed milk in a big pot for a few hours. It makes the perfect caramel for dipping apples slices.

ffcabral (author)jessyratfink2013-08-09

Interesting you mentioned that, Jessy. That's how my mother used to make "dulce de leche", by sticking a whole can of condensed milk inside a pressure cooker for a.... I don't remember now, gotta ask her how long she cooked it. Then, she opened the can and voila, sweet milk candy to eat however you wanted.

mikeandre (author)2013-08-10

This looks really good. How did you make those delicious looking cookie bowls that are in photo?

organgrinder (author)mikeandre2013-08-11

The little biscuit bowls are just a butternut biscuit (cookie). you put them on the cupcake pan and they become soft in the oven (about 5 mins). you take it out and press them in the shape and they reset at that shape, so easy!

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