Sugar keeps seizing up - never had this happen before. Ruined 6 cups! Tried without & with water methods. Help!

I have a question about step 1 on the recipe "Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary" from Ms. T. It says:

"Place the sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt. Lower the heat to medium-high and keep stirring just until the sugar is melted. Stop stirring and watch for it to turn a medium caramel color. About 10 minutes total."

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Recipe question for: Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs December 24, 2011

Hmm.This is a pretty standard method for making caramel -- not sure what's going on! Maybe try it with no stirring at all -- just swirl the pot from time to time.

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cookbookchick December 24, 2011

Me neither-- I have never had any trouble doing this many times before. i am giving up for now and moving on to another recipe rather than risk more sugar!

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Merrill Stubbs December 24, 2011

What a bummer! Hope you'll try it some other time -- it really is delicious.

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cookbookchick December 24, 2011

I will, when I am back home with my gas stove. I think part of the problem might be that I am using electric burners. Meantime, I'll use the ingredients to make Martha Stewart's Pine-Nut Cookies with Rosemary, a stellar recipe if you haven't tried it. Thanks, Merrill! Here's wishing you all the best for the holidays and the New Year with your new family!

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Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs December 24, 2011

Thank you, and same to you!

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