How to caramelize honey

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Jul. 03, 2010

Anybody who has tasted caramelized honey will swear by this rich golden liquid with a slightly nutty, partly sweet taste its definitely way better than regular honey. Caramelizing honey at home is very simple and very much like cooking down sugar syrup on low flame I will show you how to caramelize honey in easy to follow steps.


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To begin with you will need a heavy-bottom saucepan, a wooden spatula, 1tbsp water, few drops of lemon juice, and honey (of course)


First combine water, lemon juice and honey together. The water prevents the honey from scorching, while lemon juice prevents the caramelized honey from hardening or crystallizing.

Now cook the honey over low heat, stirring the honey constantly with a wooden spatula.

Once the honey begins to simmer stop stirring and cook the honey for just 1 or 2 minutes more. 

As soon as the honey reaches a golden brown color and starts to emit a nutty aroma, remove the saucepan off the heat. Swirl the pan to distribute the color and flavor evenly and transfer the contents into another container. Your caramelized honey is ready to be savored.


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Once the honey starts to simmer DONOT stir the honey. Stirring will prevent the honey from caramelizing and you will end up with a crystallized mess.

Honey can easily go past the light brown stage and start to burn. Hence, once the honey starts to change color be very quick and immediately transfer the honey into another container. This will prevent the honey from cooking any further and getting a burnt bitter flavor.

Caramelized honey can be savored as such or can be used as a sugar substitute in coffee, tea, confectionaries, etc.

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