Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce might be one of Hubby’s favorite things ever. He will always choose a caramel treat over a a chocolatey treat. I’ve just recently gotten more comfortable making my own caramel sauce. It actually is so much easier than I thought it was. Having a candy thermometer is a must for making caramel at home. But that’s really all you need. If you haven’t made your own caramel sauce, do it. Trust me, it’s worth the minimal effort required.

I ended up making a triple batch of this salted caramel during the holidays. I ordered some cute jars online and gave them away as gifts to some family members. Hubby also enjoyed a bunch of this caramel sauce heated up over vanilla ice cream.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce is easier to make than you could ever imagine. And it makes a great gift!

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1 tsp fleur de sel

Directions:

Add water to a 2-qt saucepan. Gently add the sugar to the center of the pot - it will mound, that's fine. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat.

Once boiling, uncover the pot and insert a candy thermometer. Continue cooking until the mixture registers 300 F and is just starting to develop some color, about 15 minutes.

Reduce heat under the pot to medium and cook until the syrup is amber and registers 350 F on the thermometer, about another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the cream into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. If it simmers before the syrup is ready, just take it off the heat and set aside.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add about 1/4 of the warm cream to the pot. It will bubble furiously so be careful. Once the bubbling subsides, add the remaining cream. When it stops bubbling, whisk gently to incorporate fully. Add the butter and the salt and whisk to combine.

Refrigerate up to 1 month.

Recipe from Cook's Illustrated, as seen on Erin's Food Files

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5 Responses to “Spectacular Cupcakes”

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    Arfi Binsted — March 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    The filling is so neat tucked in the cupcakes, Jen, that is perfect! Nice swirl you have created there, too. I am pretty sure your beloveds are spoiled!

    Thank you for your participation on Cupcakes Spectacular 2008.

    Cheers,
    ab

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    Christina — March 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, those look fantastic! I love the cone method, that is something I will be trying very soon!

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    kellypea — March 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hahaha! My hunkster is my primo taste tester, too! And that filling in those cupcakes is amazing. I love how perfect the frosting is. Lovely.

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    Jaime — March 18, 2008 at 1:15 am

    what a cute cupcake! i love raspberries…

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    CB — March 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click the link to see more. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!

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