Caramel is a medium to dark-brown confectionery product made by heating a variety of sugars. It can be used as a flavoring in puddings and desserts, as a filling in bonbons, or as a topping for ice cream and custard or fruits. Caramel simply makes sweet lovers go crazy.
As a treat to all the sweet lovers, I'm gonna show you the recipe for making Caramel Syrup at home. You can use this on your favorite desserts and anything sweets.
Step 1: The Ingredients
For this yummy treat, you'll need the following in your shopping cart:
- Sugar (1 Cup)
- Water (1 Cup)
- Butter (1/4 Cup)
- Thick Bottom Saucepan (For Cooking)
This is all you need to make Caramel Syrup all by yourself.
Step 2: Quantities May Vary
Based on your intent to use caramel sauce in different recipes, the quantities can be played around with. Like for example if you want to make caramel to make toffees, then the quantity of the sugar should be very much higher than the quantity of water. This will result in thick viscous caramel ready to make toffees.
In this Instructable, I'm showing you the recipe to make general purpose caramel syrup. You can use this syrup mainly for topping purposes only.
Step 3: All in the Pan
Now the first thing to do is to pour the water and sugar into the thick bottomed saucepan. The main reason behind using a thick bottomed pan is to limit the amount of heat being supplied to the liquid. The slower the liquid gets heated, the better the taste for the syrup.
Now after the water fairly begins to dissolve the sugar, stir a little bit and add the unsalted butter into the mixture.
Step 4: Stir and Boil
The recipe might be pretty simple, but the most important part is the way it is cooked. The knowledge of when to stir and when not to is key to making the perfect Caramel Syrup.
After adding the butter into the pan, stir occasionally till the mixture begins to boil. Also make sure that the stove is on medium flame. Once the mixture begins to boil, stop stirring and let it boil.
When the mixture starts to turn Golden Amber in color, then you're supposed to turn off the flame.
Step 5: Storing the Syrup.
Once the required color is obtained for the Syrup, turn off the flame. Transfer the contents into a glass jar or any other container. You'll have to let the syrup cool down completely before serving.
You can also store it in an easy squeeze bottle for quick use.
Step 6: Where to Use
When it comes to uses, the caramel syrup can be used anywhere in any recipe in any way you want to. It can be used as topping for salads or desserts or ice creams. If you're looking for a simple tasty dessert, then checkout my Instructable on how to make a sweet banana dessert. The caramel syrup is one of the best topping this dessert can get.
The caramel syrup can also be used as a replacement for the infamous maple syrup.
You can also pour caramel syrup over pancakes and enjoy them.