Dark caramel with a rich slightly toasted flavour.
- Servings: 8-12
- Preparation time: 2 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup thick cooking cream
Measure the cooking cream so that is is ready when the water and sugar solution has caramelized.
Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the bottom of a heavy medium steel pan. The pan should be a light metal finish so that it is easier to see the amber colour that appears as the caramelization process happens.
Cover the sugar with the water and ensure that the solution is evenly spread.
Heat on a low to medium heat. After about 5 minutes all the sugar should have dissolved. When 10 minutes is reached the bubbles will appear quite foamy and at about 15 minutes the bubbles take on a honeycomb shape and you may start to see the amber colour of the caramelization. Pay close attention so the mixture does not burn, you should see an amber brown colour to the mixture.
When honmeycomb bubbles have appeared and the colour is becoming a tan brown and the pan starts to smoke immediately remove from the heat and add the cream stirring continuously until smooth and creamy, if lumps form place back on the stove on a very low heat and gently warm the mixture whilst stirring.
Once the caramel has a smooth creamy consistency pour into a jar for storage.
By very slightly browning the caramel it has a richer slightly burnt flavour which is also delicious and produces a darker brown caramel but you must be very careful not to burn the sugar mixture too much.
Serve with your favourite dessert or mix with chocolate and sea salt for a delicious dark caramel chocolate.