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Caramel Sauce

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When I need caramel sauce as an ingredient in frosting or in baking, I prefer to use homemade because the flavor is more pronounced and comes through better in the finished product.  It is wonderful as a garnish on top of ice cream or cake, and I’ve successfully added it to frosting to make caramel buttercream, and to Amish Friendship bread, which I’ll be posting the recipe for tomorrow.  And since it’s so useful and beloved in our home, my recipe makes a rather large batch so I always have some in the refrigerator, but if you only need enough to garnish ice cream, you might want to halve the recipe.  Then again, this stuff will last months in the refrigerator so it wouldn’t hurt to have too much.  Who knows what delicious creativity it might spawn in your kitchen!

Caramel Sauce

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2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt*
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes*
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Measure sugar into a large saucepan and measure corn syrup over the top. Set the heat to medium-high.

When the corn syrup starts to bubble around the edges, stir with a spoon or silicone spatula.

Allow to sit again without stirring until it starts melting around the edges.

Stir infrequently until the sugar really starts melting, then begin to stir constantly.

Now we’re getting somewhere!
Now it’s completely melted, but I want mine to be a little darker before I remove it from the heat.  The darker the color, the stronger the flavor.  Just be sure not to burn it.

When the sugar is completely dissolved and deep amber in color, remove from heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, and butter. The mixture will bubble up a lot.

When completely combined, add the whipping cream and stir until combined; mixture will bubble up again. Keep stirring until smooth and uniform in color.

Pour into a heat-safe dish and allow to cool to room temperature.  Your pot will have a ring of crystallized sugar around it–don’t try to scrape it into the caramel sauce because it will make it grainy–just soak your pan in hot water and it will come right off.

Cover and store in the refrigerator once cool.

*Omit salt from recipe if using salted butter.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

14 responses »

  1. Oh look at all that cream and butter! This looks so good!

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  2. Awesome! I love homemade caramel sauce. It’s interesting when the sugar melts, and all the stages it goes through to create that amber color. Love the pics.

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  3. I would love to know what in under the sauce in that picture. Looks delicious.

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  4. I have never made homemade caramel sauce…I need to, and now I know how! Thanks for the tutorial!! I don’t really like the bottled caramel sauce much, so I can’t wait to give this a try. And it’s getting close to apple season…apples and caramel? Yummmmmmy!

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  5. Ooooooooh!!! Your step by steps are so helpful. It’s funny because I just stopped by Kay (The Church Cook)’s blog and she made a yellow cake with caramel sauce on it. So now I REALLY want caramel sauce! Man oh man.

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  6. The last time I attempted caramel, I had to throw away the pan, buy new burner rings for the stove and I ended up with 374 new gray hairs that night. I think I’ll admire your pretty pics instead…lol! ;)

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  7. Oh, YUM!!! I love anything caramel – I could just drink it straight up! :)

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  8. Ummmmm…can I just say, YUM!!!!! Just do you know, Veronica, this is a very, very, very dangerous post for me.

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  9. I made some for the first time week before last – mine was a simple butter, cream, sugar mix – and oh my is it good! I used it four ways in my caramel cupcakes!! Yes that’s right FOUR WAYS!

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  10. Oooh, I could totally go for an ice cream sundae right now! This looks incredible, Veronica! So much better than anything available at the grocery store!

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  11. Butter + sugar + cream. No wonder caramel is the bomb.

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