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Old 04-05-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Granulated sugar for caster sugar in caramel sauce

A recipe for caramel sauce calls for caster sugar, to be melted in water in a pan with sesame seeds. Can granulated sugar do the trick?

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Old 04-05-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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Granulated sugar is a coarser grain than castor sugar so it may not measure the same. Process granulated sugar in your blender or FP to make a finer grind like the castor sugar, then measure the recipe quantity.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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Granulated sugar is a coarser grain than castor sugar so it may not measure the same. Process granulated sugar in your blender or FP to make a finer grind like the castor sugar, then measure the recipe quantity.
I don't have a blender and I doubt that I have an "FP", but I've found recipes that call for granulated (something I should have checked for before). One I have right now just says boiling water + sugar, so I figure I can throw in as many sesame seeds as I feel inclined.
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FP = food processor.

You certainly an use granulated sugar as is since you are melting it to make caramel. Increase the measure by about 10%.

The sesame seed measure can vary. Obviously they are there to add flavor. A little more or less won't ruin the sauce.
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Old 04-05-2008, 12:13 PM   #5
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Okay, thanks. I just made a test sauce, sans sesame seeds, and shortly after pouring it on the pancakes, it had cooled and hardened. Is it meant to be hardened? I would like my caramel sauce to retain the consistency of sauce.
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Oh no, I've burned it! Now my pancakes taste savoury/horrible.

Oh and the recipe says nothing about how I'm supposed to clean the pan!!
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If the recipe only calls for water and sugar and sesame seeds - it's just a simple syrup with sesame seeds - it is not a caramel sauce. If it got hard on cooling - you over cooked it (temp too high) - instead of a syrup you made candy. If your pot has a sugary mess left in it - fill it with hot water and simmer it until the sugar dissolves - you may have to repeat 2-3 times.

To make a caramel sauce - you need sugar and fat (milk, cream, and/or butter) cooked to the correct temperature as measured on a candy thermometer.

I get a feeling you were trying to "improvise" on the original recipe?
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:57 PM   #8
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A recipe for caramel sauce calls for caster sugar, to be melted in water in a pan with sesame seeds. Can granulated sugar do the trick?
Hi Sean,

CARAMEL SAUCE

8 oz granulated sugar
10 fl oz water
25 gms/1 oz butter.

Place ALL the sugar and HALF the water in a pan.
Dissolve the sugar over a very low heat. DO NOT STIR THE PAN. Use a metal spoon and drag this across the base of the pan in straight lines as though marking out the frame for a game of tic-tac-toe or noughts and crosses.
When all the sugar has been dissolved bring up to the boil and boil without stirring
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Hi Sean,

CARAMEL SAUCE

8 oz granulated sugar
10 fl oz water
25 gms/1 oz butter - cut into small pieces.

Place ALL the sugar and HALF the water in a pan.
Dissolve the sugar over a very low heat. DO NOT STIR THE PAN. Use a metal spoon and drag this across the base of the pan in straight lines as though marking out the frame for a game of tic-tac-toe or noughts and crosses.
When all the sugar has been dissolved bring up to the boil and boil without stirring
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When all the sugar has been dissolved, bring up to the boil and boil WITHOUT STIRRING until a rich golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat. Tilt the pan away from you and add the remaining water. Stir well and add the butter.

Option: Add toasted sesame seeds. Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan and shake whilst toasting to prevent burning.

Hope this helps,
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