Definition of caramelize in English:


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


[no object]
  • 1(Of sugar or syrup) be converted into caramel: continue cooking until the mixture caramelizes
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    • 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: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • 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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