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Microwave Caramel Sauce

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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.



  1. Mix sugar, corn syrup, water and lemon juice in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When all the cream is added, stir in butter and vanilla
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to a month.