Caramelized Sugar Dust is sugar with an extra depth of flavor thanks to the caramelization. Make it for fun, use the caramelized sugar shards for decoration instead of making caramel dust. Or ground it up and use it in place of granulated sugar in your recipes for extra oomphs.
This recipe was a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to make it since 5 years ago when I first saw the movie Chef with John Favreau. It is still one of my absolute favorite movies until this day. Everything about it, the humor, the delicious food on screen, the music, is just wonderful.
If you have not seen this movie, you’ve gotta! In one scene, the chef made caramelized sugar dust with berries and cream, and it looked like too much fun to miss out on.
How to make caramel with white sugar
This recipe is extremely easy, it involves heating sugar to form caramel. Note that this is a sugar and water caramel, not to be confused with caramel sauce which contains butter and cream, or dulce de leche which is made with sugar and milk instead of water.
- First add sugar and water to a clean stainless steel sauce pan. Make sure the pan is clean. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Do not stir to dissolve the sugar, just swirl it around instead. You do not want to accidentally contaminate the caramel with anything from the spoon or whisk.
- Once boiled, continue to cook until caramelized, again, do not stir. Immediately pour caramel onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. I like to use silicone mat because it is easy to peel off the caramel once hardened. But you can also oil the baking sheet if you don’t have a silicone baking mat.
- Your caramel will harden into a shiny and pretty piece of caramel color mirror.
- Use a wooden rolling pin to break it up into pieces.
- You can save some of the shards for cake decorating and plating if desired. Add the rest into a food processor. If you have some pretty big pieces, you might want to break it down even smaller.
- Pulse until finely ground, and you just made caramel dust.
Cook’s Tip: Do not stir to dissolve sugar or when caramel is boiling to avoid contaminating the caramel with a spec of food or dust from the whisk or spatula.
What can I use caramelized sugar for?
This sugar caramel recipe can be used for many different purposes.
- As a liquid, before it hardens, it can be added to braised meat dishes to enhance color.
- It is the same caramelized sugar for flan that’s added to the bottom of the flan dish.
- Once hardened, you can break it up into shards to use in cake decorations, plating.
- Once blitzed into caramel dust, you can use it in place of granulated sugar in many recipes, add it to your coffee, cappuccino, etc.
Things to Make with Caramelized Sugar Dust
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Caramelized Sugar Dust
- 2 cup granulated sugar ((365 g))
- 1/2 cup water ((113 g))
- Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Add water and sugar to a clean stainless steel sauce pan, do not stir. Cook over medium heat, swirl the pan to dissolve the sugar but do not stir, allow to boil, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat up to high and continue to cook until caramelized, about 8 minutes.
- Pour caramelized sugar immediately onto prepared baking sheet and allow to cool until hardened.
- Break up hardened caramelized sugar with a rolling pins into smaller shards. Add sugar shards to a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Do not stir to dissolve sugar or when caramel is boiling to avoid contaminating the caramel with a spec of food or dust from the whisk or spatula.
- Caramelized sugar shards can be used to decorate cakes and baked goods.
- Caramelized sugar dust can be used to replace granulated sugar in recipes.
- Calories estimated for a serving of 1 tablespoon.
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