thereunto. Knowing full well Laurie will be home soon, I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice for her to come home to some homemade caramel for putting on iced cream or popping corn?"
Caramel is ridiculously easy to make and, once you know how quick, economical, and easy the process, you will most likely wonder why you don't do it all the time. Soon you too will ridicule how easy it is to make.
First you need 1 cup of sugar, 6 Tablespoons of butter, and a half cup of Half and Half (or any other milk derivative you have laying around your fridge. I just happen to always have Half and Half on hand for tea. I would recommend the thicker milk products, closer to the cream end of the spectrum. I am in no position to recommend Fat Free or Soy Milk.) Keep all of these right next to you because the process is exceedingly quick. You will be called upon to move quickly in the preparation of your caramel or the whole thing will go to pot, as it were. It is a testimony to my deft camera finger that I was able to photograph the experience for this post at all. If you put Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom album on when you start (like I did) you will be done before Get Behind The Mule is over.
Place the sugar in a saucepan. You want a higher heat. When the edges of the sugar in the pan begin to brown and pull away from the edge of the pan, you start whisking. This is a crucial moment and you must be diligent in your whisking. Burning is a very real peril in this process. Be ever vigilant in your whisking, my little catechumen confectioners!