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May 6, 2010

Homemade Caramel Sauce

I decided to make this for a few reasons.  1.)  Because I’ve been using caramel in my iced coffees lately and I ran out;  2.)  Because there’s an ice cream recipe I really want to try that includes caramel;  and 3.)  Just because I can actually make my own caramel sauce.  With everyday ingredients.  In under 10 minutes.  Crazy.  Why did I not know this before?

{one year ago:  zucchini fries}

Recipe:  Caramel Sauce

(adapted from Simply Recipes)

1 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. water

6 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Add the sugar and water to a heavy bottomed 2-3 quart pot.  Cook over moderately high heat until mixture comes to a boil.  Continue boiling for 5-7 minutes, until all water has evaporated and sugar has turned a deep golden color.  Stir mixture occasionally before it begins to boil to help dissolve sugar.  Once it boils, you can swirl the pan now and then, but don’t stir it yet.

When all the sugar crystals have melted and mixture is a nice amber color, stir in the butter until it is melted.  Immediately remove from heat.  Carefully stir in whipping cream, vanilla, and sea salt until caramel is smooth.  Pour into a mason jar and allow to cool.

Can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.  Yields approx. 1 1/4 cups of sauce.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2010 5:55 am

    Had no idea it was so easy … thanks!

  2. May 6, 2010 8:23 am

    I love making caramel. I made a dry caramel (only heat up sugar without water or corn syrup) a few days ago, and it was a lot quicker than the other types. I love how much caramel you have in that pot! Goodness!

  3. oneordinaryday permalink
    May 6, 2010 9:17 am

    Memoria – LOL That’s a measuring cup… not a pot! That would be a lot of caramel! ; )
    ~ Michelle

  4. May 6, 2010 9:49 am

    what we have here is the epitome of food porn. i love it!

  5. May 7, 2010 4:32 pm

    ha ha! I thought that was a pot too and I was thinking “dang that’s a lot of caramel!”

    off to check out your ice cream!

  6. May 7, 2010 7:31 pm

    The first time I tried to make caramel was a total disaster and ever since I’ve become slightly afraid of doing it again (yes, the disaster was THAT but I did manage to do it for the daring bakers tian challenge and this looks delicious too! Maybe I should just give it another go!

  7. oneordinaryday permalink
    May 7, 2010 11:41 pm

    12th Man – I had no idea it was that easy either! And it’s delicious too!

    Grace – Oh, thanks, that’s very kind.

    Monica – haha Wonder what you two thought I was gonna do with that much caramel?? : )

    Simone – That’s kinda what I was afraid of and why I added water instead of cooking it dry. I was scared of a huge mess and disaster, but the water gave me a little of a buffer against burning it.

    ~ Michelle

  8. May 10, 2010 3:02 am

    LOL, I knew that wasn’t a pot…I do believe I have that same measuring spoon set. :)

    I can’t believe this is your first go at homemade caramel. Butterscotch is yummy, too! OH, I just thought of something! I never told you about the SALTED caramel sauce I make. I’ve been holding back. I’m going to email you the reicpe link ASAP. Forgive me Michelle. I’ve been keeping it secret but unintentionally. I swear!

    I’m gonna try this recipe soon as I’m out of caramel.

  9. Amber permalink
    May 27, 2010 12:27 pm

    i just made this recipe and it turned out great!! i didnt have heavy cream on hand so i substituted lactose free 2 percent and just put a little extra butter in ;) and it still came out amazing! the best caramel sauce ive made yet! thank you so much!!

  10. June 23, 2010 3:14 pm

    Hey, Michelle! I made this tonight. It’s good but then again it’s caramel! LOL

    Oh, and I’ve been meaning to tell you that I’ve been using a blend of KAF white wheat flour and regular unbleached AP flour. So fas so good I think. :)

    Okay, one more thing….did I tell you I made that bread pudding recipe you emailed me? I did and it was VERY good.



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