Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Easy 6 Minute Caramel Recipe - How To

My hubby is bonkers for caramel; I usually make it in a crock pot.  Cover a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk with water and leaved in a Crock Pot overnight on Low. Allow the can to cool before completely before handling and Voila, caramel. If you try this, the can has to be totally immersed in water and don't open the can before it's cool. You don't want the can to spray molten hot caramel. This recipe used to be in vintage cookbooks and they discontinued it because of accidents. I ran across a safer method that doesn't involve candy thermometers or soft ball stages.

Food dot com has an excellent recipe that cooks for 6 minutes in the microwave and is outrageously simple. Do read the comments since others have intriguing ideas for tweaking the recipe. The next time I'll try sea salt of adding chocolate.

caramel ingredients

boiling caramel

pan of caramels

My Notes:

Combine the following in a deep, microwave safe bowl
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Microwave 2 minutes. Stir.
Microwave 2 minutes. Stir. 
Microwave 2 minutes. Stir. Carefully pour into a buttered dish.
Slice after cooling. Cover and refrigerate of you like firm caramel, we left it on the counter. My Grandma used to wrap individual caramels in buttered wax paper. I left this in the pan a bit too long and they will not come out pretty. Luckily, we are a step above ravening beasts, so no one really cares.

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