Caramel syrup
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Caramel syrup

About this recipe: This caramel syrup recipe is going to change your life. OK, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is going to change your breakfast. I’ve been making this syrup for years, and everyone who tries it loves it. I serve it with waffles and every type of pancake that I make. It can also be served ... more

Raven Gisborne-Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


Serves: 12 

  • 360ml buttermilk
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 220g soft brown sugar
  • 55g to 110g butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


Prep:3min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:43min 

  1. In a large saucepan, bring buttermilk, sugars, and butter to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in baking soda and vanilla. It will bubble up a lot. Hopefully you have used a large saucepan. As it cools, the bubbles will go away.

Make it healthier

The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter. I cut back to 1/4 cup to save my waistline and my husband’s cholesterol, but you can feel free to use all of it if you so desire. I won’t stand in your way.


Use a saucepan larger than you think you need as it will bubble up lots.

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