This salted caramel recipe is completely next level. If you've never made homemade caramel before you really need to give it a try. It's not as hard as you might think. I'll take you through it step-by-step.
Tart crispy apples dipped in a rich and buttery caramel sauce dip are something that I used to love to eat in college.
I used to buy those cups of caramel at the grocery store and eat a few apples whilst dipping them into the sugar-y deliciousness.
Her apple dumplings are both simple and really tasty. Topping them off with some ice cream and this homemade caramel is all you need for a heartwarming comfort-dessert fest.
Foodology Geek Recipe Notes
A lot of people think that caramel is hard to make. It really isn't hard at all. You only need a few simple ingredients and a pan that holds it's temperature well.
I like to use my copper saucepan or my Staub cast iron skillet. Both of these work well to heat evenly which helps to prevent crystallization.
Ingredients for Making Caramel Sauce
- Heavy Whipping Cream
How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce
Make sure to have all of your ingredients pre-measured. You need to move fast when the sugar is ready.
- Sugar: Add the sugar to the pan and turn on medium-high heat. Make sure you are laser-focused on your sugar. At first, it seems like things are taking forever. Then you hit that critical 30 seconds where the sugar goes from being not done, to perfectly done, and then to burnt!
- Watch: Watch and wait until the sugar starts to turn a light amber color. You want the sugar to be bubbly and dissolved. It should be the color of honey or a skosh darker. You can turn the heat down a little here.
- Butter: Add the butter and whisk. The butter may cause lots of bubbling as it melts.
- Cream: Add the cream. You will definitely get bubbling be careful not to splash.
- Vanilla: Remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla and salt. Stir.
Do not, under any circumstances stick your finger into the sugar for a taste. Melted sugar is ridiculously hot. It looks delicious and inviting but not can easily give you a second-degree burn or worse. Safety first – give it time to cool!
Can this caramel sauce be made without cream or milk?
Yes, you can substitute coconut milk to make a dairy-free caramel sauce.
What to Serve with Salted Caramel
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- Add the sugar to a pan.
- Heat the pan on medium-high until the sugar is bubbly and is rich amber color.
- Add the butter and stir. I use a whisk for this step.
- When the butter is melted, add the cream and stir. The mixture will bubble violently. Stir quickly being careful not to splash.
- Remove the caramel from heat.
- Add the salt and vanilla. Stir.