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caramelize Line breaks: cara¦mel|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈkar(ə)məlʌɪz/
(also caramelise)

Definition of caramelize in English:


[no object]
1(Of sugar or syrup) be converted into caramel: continue cooking until the mixture caramelizes
More example sentences
  • Remove the casserole lid, sprinkle very lightly with soft, dark Muscovado sugar and grill under a gentle heat until the sugar caramelizes.
  • Divide the custard among the ramekins and sprinkle with sugar, then place them onto a baking sheet and grill until the sugar caramelises.
  • Bake until the sugar caramelizes, about ten minutes.
1.1 [with object] (usually as adjective caramelized) Cook (food) with sugar so that it becomes coated with caramel: tagliatelle with caramelized onions
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  • A lightly caramelized crust coats each sweet potato dumpling, giving just a slight crunch as you bite into each.
  • This was absolutely first rate, with a substantial portion of sweetly caramelized cheese on freshly cooked strips of red pepper, courgette and aubergine.
  • Not that the cuisine is generally to be forgotten; last night I had a crepe with pate of foie gras and caramelized apples that I'll remember for quite some time.



Pronunciation: /kar(ə)məlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Also tried another tarte tatin, but it needed a little more caramelisation.
  • The pears had been barely cooked and they perched on a puff pastry tarte with no caramelisation in sight.
  • Is there anything more fabulous than something created through the wonder and miracle of caramelization?

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