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Old 11-28-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Half-and-half vs. whipping cream?

I want to make some gift jars of homemade caramel sauce and all the recipes I've been able to find call for whipping cream. Can I substitute half and half and will it still turn out?


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Old 11-28-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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half and half has much less fat than whipping cream. The reaction of sugar syrup and cream will be quite different using a product containing less fat and more water. However, as you are making a syrup and not hard caramels it may give you a thinner consistency but still good taste. Make a small batch and see what happens. Any other view points out there?

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You could add some unsalted butter to make up for the lower fat content in half and half.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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i would go with the butter, myself.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:55 PM   #5
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I have made caramel with non-fat dry milk. It did work though it took a long time and the recipe did call for added butter. So I am sure that the half and half will work. But do add the butter to give it richness.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:22 PM   #6
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I made some last week.
In a 5 quart sauce pan.
3 Cups sugar
2/3 cup water
4 oz butter
Cook making sure to dissolve the sugar.
Do not leave the stove, it will start to cook and to become clear with bubbles, first small, then larger and larger and then it settles down again to smaller bubbles, then it begins to brown. Some people and recipes say you can just let it cook without stirring for part of the time--I can't, I don't trust it not to burn.
It can go from a nice caramel color to burnt in just seconds so continue to stir at all times.
Have vanilla 1 tsp. and half and half 1 and 1/2 cups, open and measured and ready to go.
When it looks and smells like caramel, add the vanilla and half and half--it will bubble up and almost fill the pan, be careful and stir. Stir on the heat for another 2 minutes. It should appear thin while hot, if it is too thick, you can add more half and half. Let cool and it will thicken slightly. This made 3+ cups approximately. Enough for a week of ice cream gremlins raiding the fridge/freezer.
Keeps in a jar in the refrigerator.
The whole process took about 20 minutes.

The gremlins want me to make more caramel sauce but I'm thinking I want some hot fudge sauce next.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:48 PM   #7
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I agree with Robo, using the half and half will make the sauce thinner. but consistency is something I would be willing to compromise on if it is lowering fat content!
good luck!
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:15 AM   #8
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the taste will be affected...

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