Craft a caramel dessert

Craft a caramel dessert

  • By Sue Ade
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 5:44pm
  • LifeFood

Over the years, I’ve happily stayed with one basic formula for making baked caramel custard. And, because the satin smooth dessert is so similar to a number of other classic caramel cream desserts, depending on the occasion, I might opt to call caramel custard, “flan,” “crème caramel,” or even “crème brûlée,” if the custard is to be presented with a crunchy topping of sugar caramelized with a handheld torch.

Indeed, there is nothing complicated about making familiar baked custard, but for custard to have that luscious caramel flavor, you’ve got to caramelize some sugar. There was a time I caramelized sugar in a saucepan on top of the stove, but often – in the seconds it took for the sugar to advance from golden brown to rich amber – the sugar burned.

I use the microwave for caramelizing sugar now and while the process still requires diligent monitoring, the method has proven very efficient. Sugar gets super-hot when caramelized, so be sure use a product like Pyrex glass, or even laboratory glass, for the task.

If you’ve been daunted by the thoughts of preparing desserts made with caramelized sugar, let your microwave oven lend a hand. Made for more than cooking frozen dinners or popping corn, your microwave might just be the sweetest friend you never knew you had.

More in Life

Christ Lutheran Church Pastor Meredith Harber displays necklaces featuring the cross in this undated photo. (Photo by Meredith Harber/courtesy)
Minister’s Message: Interwoven together for good

I hope that we can find that we have more in common than we realize

A sign points to the Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Art Center accepting submissions for ‘Medieval Forest’

The deadline to submit art is Saturday at 5 p.m.

People identifying as Democrats and people identifying as Republicans sit face to face during a workshop put on by Braver Angels in this screenshot from “Braver Angels: Reuniting America.” (Screenshot courtesy Braver Angels)
KPC lecture series to feature film and discussion about connecting across political divide

“Braver Angels: Reuniting America” is a nonpartisan documentary about a workshop held in the aftermath of the 2016 election of Donald Trump

Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion
This basil avocado dressing is creamy, sweet, tangy, and herbaceous — great for use on bitter greens like kale and arugula.
Memories of basil and bowling with Dad

This dressing is creamy, sweet, tangy, and herbaceous

Photo courtesy of Al Hershberger
Don and Verona pose inside their first Soldotna grocery store in 1952, the year they opened for business.
Keeler Clan of the Kenai — Part 5

By 1952, the Wilsons constructed a simple, rectangular, wood-frame building and started the town’s first grocery

File
Minister’s Message: Finding freedom to restrain ourselves

We are free to speak at a higher level of intelligence

Dancers rehearse a hula routine at Diamond Dance Project near Soldotna on Thursday. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Moving into magic

Diamond Dance Project all-studio concert puts original spin on familiar stories

Orion (Jacob Tremblay) and Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) in “Orion and the Dark.” (Promotional photo provided by Dreamworks Animation)
On the Screen: ‘Orion and the Dark’ is resonant, weird

Fear of the dark is natural, not some problem that Orion has to go on adventure to overcome

This beef and barley stew is both comforting and nourishing — perfect for when your fingers are frozen and your cheeks are chapped. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Drape yourself in warmth with comforting stew

Nourishing beef and barley stew is perfect for cold days

Most Read