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


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


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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10 Responses to “Christmas in July – Family Cookbook”

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    Samantha Angela — July 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This is such an awesome idea. My mother in law gave my husband all her best recipes. I would love to put them in a book like this!

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    newlywed — July 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the information about how to put something like this together…it is something I have thought of for a while. I’ve loved your gift ideas this week!

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    Leanne — July 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Love it! Now I am thinking this would be a great gift idea.

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    Sarah — July 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love this idea! I had thought about doing it a few years ago but didn’t really have any recipes because unfortunately, no one in our families really cooks. But I have been experimenting enough that I could make one with all of my and hubby’s favorites.

    Do you have any tips for photographing food? I have been cake decorating for a few months now and have been trying to document with pictures, but they never come out looking like anything special. Thanks!

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    Elina — July 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Jen, I LOVE this idea!!! I am totally motivated to now make all of my mom’s amazing cakes and traditional Russian salads, just so I can make a book like that. Brilliant!!!

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    nutmegnanny — July 31, 2010 at 2:24 am

    What a perfect idea! I’m totally stealing your ideas;)

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    Memória — July 31, 2010 at 6:50 am

    The cookbook looks so professional and cute!! Great job!

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    Amy — July 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This is fantastic!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — July 31, 2010 at 11:50 am

    This is such a wonderful idea! I have a lot of the photos already for my blog so we could totally do this. My goal is to try to make one for our families this Hannukah/Christmas!

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    Cupcake Activist — August 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Awesome idea! I wish my family cooked more often so I would have an excuse to make one of these.

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