Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance

This smooth, creamy caramel will be a staple will soon become a family favourite.


  • 1½ cups (375ml) single (pouring) cream

  • 180g unsalted butter

  • 3 cups (660g) caster (superfine) sugar

  • 1 cup (250ml) water


  • 1.

    Place the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • 2.

    Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat and cook, stirring with a metal spoon until combined. Bring to the boil and cook without stirring until the temperature reaches 180°C (350°F) on a sugar thermometer and the mixture is deep golden in colour+.

  • 3.

    Remove from the heat and, working quickly, add the butter mixture in a thin steady stream, stirring to combine.

  • 4.

    Return the pan to low heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the caramel has thickened slightly.

  • 5.

    Pour into a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature. 

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (14 servings)

  • Energy 333kj
  • Fat Total 16g
  • Saturated Fat 10g
  • Protein 0g
  • Carbohydrate 47g
  • Sugar 47g
  • Sodium 9mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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+ For a richer caramel with a subtle burnt flavour, let the sugar and water cook until it’s a little deeper in colour, or 185°C (365°F).

* It’s worth investing in a sugar (or candy) thermometer. They’re available at kitchen shops and some supermarkets, and take the guesswork out of heating creams and sugar syrups for homemade treats.
* Store creamy caramel, in an airtight container or jar, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
* To make salted caramel, simply stir in 1 teaspoon of sea salt flakes at step 4.
* Makes 3½ cups

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