It’s been months since our last kitchen tip here at Kawaling Pinoy so, today, let me share with you a ridiculously simple hack on how to caramelize sugar in the microwave. Please excuse the poor quality photos. I took them with my phone because I was rushing to get the caramel ready for a recipe I was working on and I didn’t want the extra encumbrance of setting up my camera. I will be posting that recipe soon so stay tuned for something super yummy coming your way.

Caramelization is a process wherein sugar is heated on low heat until it changes in color, taste and composition. The by product of this process, caramel, is used in a variety of candies and confections such as brittles, nougats, pralines, and our very own yema and leche flan.

Prep time 1 min – Cook time7 mins – Total time 8 mins

1 cup sugar
¼ cup water

In a clear, microwave-safe bowl, combine water and sugar. Stir well under sugar is completely dissolved.
Microwave on high for about 6 to 7 minutes or until color changes to honey-gold. Use immediately.


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