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Caramel Shards

20 min

Dessert

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Pantry-ready

Caramel shards add instant sophistication and elegance to any dessert. It can be used to top cakes and cupcakes, crushed and sprinkled over chocolate bark, or mixed into hot chocolate.

Servings

(20g per serving)

Total

20 min

Cook

15 min

Cool

5 min

Free from

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (224 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp (90 mL)
    water
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Directions

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan* on medium heat, add the sugar and water.
  2. Avoid mixing with spoons or utensils as this can cause sugar crystals to form. If the mixture needs it, swirl the pan to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. When the sugar is dissolved, turn the heat to medium-high and allow the mixture to bubble until it starts to turn golden, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. Watch the sugar closely to avoid burning, as caramelization happens quickly. When caramelized to your liking, carefully** pour the liquid sugar onto the prepared baking tray.
  5. Tilt the tray to spread the sugar out if desired for thinner shards.
  6. Once completely cooled, use the back of a spoon to tap the caramel and break it into shards. For finer caramel dust, you can use a rolling pin to crush the caramel or place the pieces in a food processor and pulse a few times. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * A heavy-bottomed pan is thicker at the base, meaning it can distribute heat better than a thinner pan. As a result, the sugar will melt more evenly and is less likely to burn.
  • ** Be extremely careful with this, as the melted sugar is incredibly hot.

Storage

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Nutrition info

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LFU - June 20, 2022, 9:28 a.m.

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