Five Fabulous Caramel Recipes (2024)

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Five Fabulous Caramel Recipes - it seems that everyone loves caramel and these five delicious recipes never fail to produce rave reviews!

I was thinking of you the other day. I reallywas. We'd been out of town and didn't arrivehome until mid afternoon. Guests were coming for dinner and I didn't have much in the house, so I ran to the store. We'd decided tojust grill some burgers and make a nice salad, sincethere wasn't much time to get anything else together.

I picked up a carton of vanilla ice cream at the store, thinking I could throw together The World's Easiest Apple Crispfor dessert.Sometimes however, I seriously underestimate how much I can get done in a given amount of time. By the time I got home from the market,prepped the burgers for the grill and prepared the salad, the guests had arrived. Oops, so much for dessert, right?

But then, maybe not. I did have the ice cream and, as we were finishing up the meal, I rememberedan old friend of mine, this Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce. While Scott was clearing the table I pulled out the ingredients. By the time he finished and scooped up bowls of ice cream, I wasdone! Yes, that's how long it takes. And you should have heard the oohs, aahs and mmms from around the table.

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Those oohs, aahs and mmms waswhat made me think of you. This recipe was a little culinary life saver for me (for the zillionth time) and I thought there just might be some of you who get in pinches like I do - some of you who just might need a delicious, super easy, 5-minute, magic trick up your sleeve like this Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce.

And now that I have you all in a caramel frame of mind ...

I thought I'd also share a few of other favorite recipessince fall officially arrived this weekhere in the U.S. After all, autumnand carameljust seem to go together like peas and their pods, don't you agree?

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Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Salad Bowls - caramel can notonly star in savory dishes, it can be decentlyhealthy to boot! Oh, and crazy delicious. In fact, if you look up fresh and crazy delicious in the dictionary, you just might just see a picture of this fabulous dish. It's sweet, salty, spicy and FRESH all rolled into one!

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Autumn Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Sauce - this one takes just a bit longer, but it's based off of the Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce recipe. Apple Cider is reduced to a syrup and from there it's easy peasy! I got this comment just a few days ago regarding the recipe:

I just finished cooking this sauce for a dinner party tonight. Let me just say, AMAZING!!!

This is the best caramel sauce I have ever, ever had! I will serve it over Muscat, ginger poached pears and ice cream.

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Caramel Apple Buttermilk Muffins - holy schmoly, these guys are good! Such a winning combination of ingredients and I love how they rise up tall and are topped with a delicious buttery cinnamon crumble.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing - fabulous cinnamon and walnut swirled sweet rolls with a to-die-for silky caramel drizzle. Start to finish in less than 2 hours - honest, I timed it!

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Salted Caramel Pots de Creme - I know, I know, I said 5 BUT this one just couldn't be excluded. It's down-home (like a good old fashioned caramel pudding), but sophisticated (it’s a French classic) at the same time. Always a crowd pleaser, this dessert can be made ahead. Add a little dollop of whipped cream and a sprig of mint for agorgeous presentation!

So there you have our choice for Five Fabulous Caramel Recipes. You'll findmuch more in The Café archives (we'redefinitelycaramel aficionados), but we'll save those for another day. Unless of course, I've caused a case of caramel-on-the-brain. If that's happened, you can check out more delicious recipes here. Bon Appetit and happy caramelizing!




Five Fabulous Caramel Recipes (2024)


How long does it take caramel to reach 245 degrees? ›

With my perfectly calibrated thermometer, I cook these perfect vanilla caramels to exactly 245 degrees. This will take about 30-45 minutes, depending on your stove and how you moderate the heat. At this temperature, they are soft but not stick-to-the-paper soft.

Should homemade caramels be refrigerated? ›

You can leave the caramels out at room temperature, tucked away from heat or light, and they'll stay fresh for six to nine months. If you'd prefer to put the caramel candies away in the fridge to keep them from getting too warm at room temperature, you certainly can.

What ingredient is caramel made from? ›

The main ingredient in caramel is sugar. However, depending on the recipe you use, you may have to incorporate butter, heavy cream, water, or corn syrup as additional ingredients. High-quality, real caramel is always made with three basic ingredients and those are sugar, heavy cream, and butter.

How do I know when my caramel is done? ›

Swirl the pan occasionally, until the sugar melts and begins to caramelize and turn a deep amber color. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on your pan and stovetop.

How do you know when homemade caramel is done? ›

The caramelization process happens quick, and you want to be there when it's time to remove it from the heat. From golden, the mixture will continue to darken. Pull you pan off of the heat when you see the mixture turn to the color of a shiny copper penny. That's how you know it's done!

Can homemade caramel be left at room temperature? ›

Homemade caramel typically lasts about 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Refrigerating homemade caramel can extend its shelf life to about a month, and freezing it can further prolong its usability up to a year. However, the texture may change slightly upon thawing.

Can I wrap caramels in Saran Wrap? ›

Spread hot caramel to the edges of the pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Wrap with plastic wrap (or put on the lid if your pans are lidded) and store all day or overnight in the fridge.

Should you stir sugar when making caramel? ›

Swirl, don't stir: While slow, deliberate stirring will help the sugar dissolve evenly, you want to stop stirring once it has fully melted.

What is the formula for caramel? ›

Explanation: The typical formula for caramels is C24H36O18 , so the elements of water have been removed from the sucrose.

What are the three types of caramel? ›

Caramel can be produced in so many forms such as, sauce, a chewy candy, or a hard candy because of how much of an ingredient is added and the temperature it is being prepared at.

How do you make Ina Garten caramel? ›

  1. Mix the water and sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Do not stir. ...
  2. Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until the caramel dissolves and the sauce is smooth, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours.

Why is my homemade caramel sauce bitter? ›

Overheating the mixture

Once it gets a burnt or bitter flavor, it can't be saved. Luckily, sugar is inexpensive, so you can always start over!

Why do you put vinegar in caramel? ›

Add acid. Acid ingredients (like vinegar or lemon juice) can help prevent re-crystallization which causes caramel to become grainy. Acid physically breaks the bonds between the glucose and fructose molecules that form sucrose and ensure that it stays apart.

How long does it take caramel to reach 240? ›

Clip a candy thermometer to pot and continue to cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the temperature climbs to 240 F. This will take about 30 minutes. Once the temperature is reached, add the vanilla and stand back because the mixture will bubble up when you do so.

What temperature does caramel need to reach? ›

To achieve caramelization—and flavor—we first have to cook the sugar to a temperature of at least 320°F (160°C). This is best accomplished by cooking the sugar in a pot over medium to medium-high heat and adding either some corn or glucose syrup to your sugar or adding up to 20% of the weight of the sugar in water.

How long does caramel take to set at room temperature? ›

Give your caramel at least two hours to set, or overnight if possible. You can also pop caramel into the fridge to help it set up faster. The caramel will sweat a little when brought out of the fridge, but will still taste fine. If you don't eat it right away, here's how to store caramel.

What is the perfect temperature for caramel? ›

Let the caramel come to a boil without stirring. It will start off as a soft buttery yellow and eventually darken to reddish-brown caramel. Remove from the heat when the caramel reaches 245°F to 250°F.

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