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How to Caramelize Sugar and Butter

author image Grace Covelli
How to Caramelize Sugar and Butter
Close-up of butter melting in a pan. Photo Credit: MarynaVoronova/iStock/Getty Images

Sugar is a substance frequently used to sweeten desserts and beverages. Although sugar is known to be high in carbohydrates, this should not concern you if you caramelize it with butter, since a little goes a long way. Caramelized sugar and butter is a delightfully sweet syrupy liquid that tastes best in small amounts, such as drizzled over cake or fresh fruit. Although sugar can be caramelized without any added ingredients, caramelizing sugar with butter will give the resulting syrup a creamier texture.

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Step 1

Place the sugar and the butter into a saucepan set over medium heat.

Step 2

Stir the sugar and butter together with the soup spoon to thoroughly combine the two ingredients. Keep stirring the mixture as the butter melts. The more the butter melts, the easier it will be for you to stir the sugar into the butter. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the pan with the spoon as you stir the ingredients to prevent them from sticking to the pan. You will see that as the mixture continues to cook, it will become thicker and tackier, and it will start to stick to the pan if you stop stirring, so stir the sugar and butter consistently.

Step 3

Continue to let the sugar and butter cook for about three to four minutes, until the mixture has a texture similar to that of molasses.

Step 4

Hold your spoon up and allow the caramelized sugar and butter to drip into the pan to make sure the sauce is not too watery before removing the pan from the stove. At this point, the sugar and butter mixture should start to boil.

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