How To Make Caramel, Two Ways

Serving 6 people

45 min


  • caramel Caramel
  • granulated sugar 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • heavy whipping cream 3/4 cup (178 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • salt 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • unsalted butter 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
  • vanilla bean 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed from the pod (optional)
  • vanilla extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • water 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • whiskey 2 tablespoons whiskey (optional)
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How to make it

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt and bring to a boil.
  2. Let the mixture caramelize and wait for it to turn dark amber in color. Do not stir, swirl pan as needed to promote even caramelization.Sprinkle sugar evenly on the bottom of a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt and caramelize, swirling as necessary to promote even caramelization. Do not stir.As soon as the caramel is dark amber in color, immediately remove it from the heat and slowly add the heavy cream while whisking constantly. Caramel will bubble violently.Return mixture to medium heat and simmer until any clumps have dissolved and mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter and salt.
  4. Add vanilla extract and if desired, vanilla bean and whiskey.