An easy recipe for caramel sauce using your microwave! Beware that all microwaves are different. My previous microwave would burn well before 5 minutes, and my current one takes about 5 minutes, 5 seconds. Adapted from Cooks Illustrated.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:4 mins
Total Time:9 minutes
Yield:1½ cups 1x
Category:Food Gift, Dessert
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup hot heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar, corn syrup, water and lemon juice in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup.
Microwave till mixture just starts to take on a bit of color (a pale amber), about 4-5 minutes. Watch very carefully as it will continue cooking once you pull it out of the microwave. If it gets deeper than a pale amber, it will burn while on the counter.
Remove measuring cup to counter where it will continue to bubble and darken to a caramel color (amber). Add hot cream a couple tablespoons at a time, very slowly as it will bubble intensely.
When all the cream is added, stir in butter and vanilla