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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4 Responses to “Salted Caramel Sauce”

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    Cara — February 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    After making vegan salted caramel ice cream, I’m in love with the stuff :) If you’re interested, I do have the recipe on my blog for vegan salted caramel, if you’re interested in a non-dairy version!

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    Alison — February 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    i love caramel sauce! thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah C — January 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This recipe was posted a week after I had my daughter so I didn’t get around to making it until now. I decided to do this as a Christmas gift for a friend, and it took me 3 tries but I finally got it right, and it’s delicious!!! Now that I know the tips and tricks to make it work, I can definitely see this being a good gift for future holidays/occasions.

    • beantownbaker — January 5th, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

      Glad you were able to make it work for you!

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