Sucre à la Crème
Originally published June 15, 2020. Updated on 6/1/2021
This was how her grandmother made it - the recipe was passed down to her mother, down to Karine, and finally on to you!
Big thanks to Karine for her patience as I used my very rusty grasp on French to translate the original as best I could, before bugging her for help.
Sucre à la Crème Variations
While the base recipe is fantastic, it’s always fun to have options! Here are a few to try:
Maple or Vanilla
Add about 1 tsp (5 ml) of extract before the butter.
Dissolve 1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) instant coffee granules in hot cream, before adding the brown sugar.
Omit the butter.
Add 1 cup (250 ml) of creamy peanut butter once you remove the sugar from the heat, beat as normal.
One Last Thing...
Also, a note on preparing the pan: "also for authenticity, the pan should be buttered instead of sprayed, but it all works in the end. As long as you use a stickiness prevention method!"
Enjoy your Sucre à la Crème!
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Sucre à la Crème
- 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups Dark brown sugar packed
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- Prepare an 8x8"pan: Butter, spray with nonstick spray, or and/or line with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine cream and brown sugar. Affix a candy thermometer to the pan; bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- When mixture reaches 240 F (115 C) - soft ball stage - remove from heat and stir in butter. Carefully beat the sugar mixture until it loses its shine - you’ll see it start to crust on the sides of the saucepan.
- Pour into prepared pan, allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.