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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11 Responses to “Red White and Blue No-Bake Frozen Cupcakes”

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    CB — July 14, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Oh that looks so yummy for summer! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for entering 🙂
    /Clara

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    Nikki57 — July 14, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Those look absolutely delicious!!

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    Joelen — July 14, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Looks fabulous with all the color! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Janna — July 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Was the consistency like ice cream? It sounds cool and summery. Plus you probably get super brownie points for submitting so early!

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    Mara — July 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    YUM this is perfect for the sweltering summer months! i am all about frozen desserts right now!

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    Jen — July 15, 2008 at 12:14 am

    The texture isn’t quite as creamy as ice cream… It’s more frozen than that(?) They are really good though!

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    Ivy — July 15, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Oh wow! I like these. What a cool idea and they look so good for the hot days of summer. Where do you live? Can I come pick some up? 🙂

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    Martha — July 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Jen, these look yummy!

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    Nikki57 — August 25, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    CONGRATS … You are the Cupcake Hero!!

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    KimboSue — July 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I know this post is like a year old, but I followed a link from another page and found it. Question – do you have to keep them frozen until serving? We’re going to a pool party, so they might be outside for a while. Will they melt?

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    Jen — July 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    If I remember correctly, they will melt. They might be fine for a little while, but not all afternoon. Sorry I can’t be more help!

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