Recently, I have been posting some recipes that require your sugar to be caramelized. Many of us do not know how that is done. Here are the instructions:
White sugar and water is all that is needed for this. If you are going to need 1/2 cup of caramel, you will need 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water. It is necessary for you to follow these instructions perfectly!
1. Use a thick-bottomed pan.
2. Dump your sugar into the pan. Dump your water into the pan. DO NOT STIR!!!
3. Turn the heat on your stove to HIGH. Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Again, do not stir!!! Lower heat to MEDIUM-HIGH and continue boiling gently. If you notice that the caramel on the outer edges of the pan is turning brown quicker than the rest of the mixture, swirl the pan around to mix everything up better. DO NOT STIR!!!
4. Continue to boil until the caramel is the color of amber.
At this point, the caramel is at the perfect consistency to pour. CARAMELIZED SUGAR HARDENS QUICKLY--within a minute, you will no longer be able to pour it!!!
Use it right away or your caramelized sugar will turn into burnt sugar.
I hope that these instructions will help you. Just remember that at NO time, should you stir the mixture. SWIRLING INSTEAD OF STIRRING is the name of the game with this process!