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If it hardens, you probably need to add more liquid. If it burns, you should have paid more attention. Caramel requires attention. If it doesn't reach the nice caramel colour, it needs more time. Try to use the same method, the same amount of heat, the same pot and measure your results. When the result is not what you'd expect / like, change one thing ...


It sounds like you may be having temperature control issues. If it's not dark enough, keep it over low heat for a bit longer. If it's hardening/burning, it's probably caused by one of the following: 1) your stovetop (if burner isn't turned low enough or burner is too large and overheats sides of pan) 2) your pan (easy to burn things if your pan isn't ...

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