6-Minute Caramel Recipe


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • A pinch of salt (to balance out the sweetness)

How To Make 6-Minute Caramel Recipe

  • Start Simple: In a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Ensure that the sugar is evenly moistened.
  • Heat it Up: Place the pan over medium-high heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve completely without stirring. Resist the urge to stir as this can cause the sugar to crystallize.
  • Observe the Change: Once the sugar has dissolved, keep a close eye on the syrup. It will start to bubble after a minute or two. The bubbles will get bigger and then smaller as the water evaporates.
  • Seek the Golden Hue: After 4-5 minutes, the syrup will turn into a beautiful amber color. This is the caramel stage you’re aiming for.
  • Cool it Down: Immediately remove from heat. Slowly pour in the heavy cream while whisking continuously. Be cautious, as the mixture will bubble vigorously.
  • Add Flavors: Whisk in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt until you have a smooth, silky caramel.
  • Serve and Impress: Drizzle over ice cream, pancakes, or any dessert of your choice. Enjoy the delightful taste of your homemade 6-minute caramel!

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