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Troubleshooting Caramels


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If you are just using the caramel to fill molds, you can cook it to ~230. This is what I do for filling molds & store it in a jar. It pipes very well & firms up great in molded chocolates.

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Thanks Everone,

I will definetly try adding more corn syrup. It's confusing though, I know in Sherry Yard's book she calls for 2Tbl spoons per 1c of sugar in her master caramel recipe. Also I'm taking a course online which calls for 4oz of glucose powder per 8oz of sugar and they say to substitute corn syrup for glucose powder at a 10% ratio. For example instead of 4oz of glucose powder they say to use .4 oz of corn syrup.

I agree this seems to be a small amount. I'm also pretty careful not to scrape anything from the pot. I will have to try the silpat though to try to prevent the sticking problem.

Thanks,

Mark

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Thanks Everone,

I will definetly try adding more corn syrup. It's confusing though, I know in Sherry Yard's book she calls for 2Tbl spoons per 1c of sugar in her master caramel recipe.  Also I'm taking a course online which calls for 4oz of glucose powder per 8oz of sugar and they say to substitute corn syrup for glucose powder at a 10% ratio. For example instead of 4oz of glucose powder they say to use .4 oz of corn syrup.

I agree this seems to be a small amount. I'm also pretty careful not to scrape anything from the pot. I will have to try the silpat though to try to prevent the sticking problem.

Thanks,

Mark

Sherry Yard's master caramel recipe - is it for chewy caramel? or is it for caramel sauces etc, ie more for caramel flavouring?

Silpat is great with anything that sticks, but as noted - don't cut on it!

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also, the fact that you're reheating your caramel in order to pipe it might cause problems with crystallization.

can't it?

edited to add: following mrose's advice regarding cooking to a lower temp would solve this issue

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COuld it be that the recipe has too much water compare glucose?

I have notice that caramel that uses water have more the tendecy to crystallies etc.Maybe too much water and not enough glucose.I would reduce the water to the same amount of the glucose or bring them both to the same quantity ,something like that. :raz:

Vanessa

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Thnaks All,

Just to let you know,I added more glucose and the caramel came out fine.

Mark

Thanks for the update, Mark. Good to get feedback.

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I tried to make caramelized nuts. Everything went OK but in about an hour my caramel got sticky at room temperature. Nuts were warm and dry.

I have some leftovers of these caramel and now it got so soft that I can't even lift it from the baking sheet. :sad:

Is it the quality of the sugar? Or air humidity?

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I tried to make caramelized nuts. Everything went OK but in about an hour my caramel got sticky at room temperature. Nuts were warm and dry.

I have some leftovers of these caramel and now it got so soft that I can't even lift it from the baking sheet.  :sad:

Is it the quality of the sugar? Or air humidity?

it is very likely humidity. if you can, work in air conditioning and as soon as the nuts are cool enough put them into an airtight container...preferably with dessicant (drying agent) of some sort.

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nduran, Actually I made that cake. Do you see now what I mean ?

I'm not sure why I'm supposed to be familiar with "that cake" exactly, but if you're attempting to produce a sparse brittle as depicted in "that photo" then yes, moisture is definitely going to be a problem for you. Not sure I'd want a mouthful of gum-slicing, tooth-cracking shrapnel in a cake anyway, so it may actually be beneficial to soften it up a bit.

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nduran, Actually I made that cake. Do you see now what I mean ?

I'm not sure why I'm supposed to be familiar with "that cake" exactly, but if you're attempting to produce a sparse brittle as depicted in "that photo" then yes, moisture is definitely going to be a problem for you. Not sure I'd want a mouthful of gum-slicing, tooth-cracking shrapnel in a cake anyway, so it may actually be beneficial to soften it up a bit.

No, no, when it softens up a bit you can't get your teeth apart. :blink: I made caramelized pecans with the expectation that they would crunch when you bit them. A few of them did but the rest would have taken out your fillings. They looked pretty but that's about it.

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nduran, Actually I made that cake. Do you see now what I mean ?

I'm not sure why I'm supposed to be familiar with "that cake" exactly, but if you're attempting to produce a sparse brittle as depicted in "that photo" then yes, moisture is definitely going to be a problem for you. Not sure I'd want a mouthful of gum-slicing, tooth-cracking shrapnel in a cake anyway, so it may actually be beneficial to soften it up a bit.

Your post sounds as if I offended you. I'm so sorry. But the problem is that English is not my native language and I didn't practice for a long time. Please excuse me. I posted the picture just to show the nuts in order to explane what I tried to make. I'm really sorry if I didn't sound polite.

What I wanted in that cake are nuts in caramel. Before you eat the cake you take a piece of crunchy caramel and after that there's soft muss. I thought the contrast would be interesting.

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Your post sounds as if I offended you. I'm so sorry. But the problem is that English is not my native language and I didn't practice for a long time. Please excuse me. I posted the picture just to show the nuts in order to explane what I tried to make. I'm really sorry if I didn't sound polite.

Don't worry, Anna. I thought it was pretty clear that English wasn't your native language, and I'm sure most people didn't think your reply was offensive.

What I wanted in that cake are nuts in  caramel. Before you eat the cake you take a piece of crunchy caramel and  after that there's soft muss. I thought the contrast would be interesting.

It is not only interesting, but delicious! I love cake topped with caramel! One of my favourite cakes is Dobosh Torte with crunchy caramelized sugar on top. Unfortunately, if you live in a humid area, there's no way you can prevent the caramel from softening unless you eat it within a very short period of time. So if you want to make a cake like that again, finish making it within 20 minutes or so before you eat it. You might be able to make it earlier than that, but really no more than a couple of hours.

Your cake looks beautiful, by the way. I'd certainly eat it, even with "gum-slicing, tooth-cracking shrapnel" on it!

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No, no, when it softens up a bit you can't get your teeth apart. :blink:  I made caramelized pecans with the expectation that they would crunch when you bit them. A few of them did but the rest would have taken out your fillings. They looked pretty but that's about it.

True. That cake'd be dangerous any way you slice it. I believe it was Apu who said "A Jolly Rancher is not a sprinkle, sir."

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Anna,

I also wanted to congratulate you on a beautiful dessert. Its funny because I made a saffron mousse and wanted to decorate it with a pine nut brittle (very similarly to what you did), and had the exact same problem.

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I wanted the texture contrast, but it ended up being painful in the mouth. I've leaned toward tuile/cookies or other items for that reason.

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Hello,

First off, the reason why your caramel is getting sticky is because sugar is "hygroscopic". Meaning it attracks sugar from the atmosphere around it to itself. This will happen when you have a candy that primarily sugar. Since a caramalized sugar piece is almost all sugar this is why it gets sticky quick...there is no way around it unless you use different types of sugar(which are not as good or as good for you).

I would just suggest making the caramel pieces close to when serving...Just be in the least humid place you can be and store them air tight if you ever need to store them.

Hope this helps....

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