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Easy Caramel Sauce

Easy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients.Easy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristI’m a little late to the salted caramel craze. In fact, I am really late to the whole loving caramel game. If it was in chocolate, it was fine. But it was never something I sought out. During my formative years, caramel was basically those square brown bricks. You know what I mean by bricks…so stale that if you try to bite into them, they will break your teeth and once they begin to soften, they will pull your fillings out.

Occasionally caramel was found on the ice cream buffet, and that stuff was good, but if I was limited to toppings, hot fudge won out each and every time.

Then one day, in a hot and humid kitchen in a small Texas town, my world changed. One sauce pan, butter, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla were whisked together to form a luscious, thick, and gooey sauce to compliment Texas’ best ice cream from Brenham, a small town near College Station.Easy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristNo more square brown bricks. No more high fructose corn syrup concoctions. Simple ingredients. Big taste. Just an easy caramel sauce you can enjoy knowing you are getting pure ingredients, plus I’m sure dentists would prefer this easy caramel sauce over those bricks.

I have written a few (upcoming) recipes that require caramel, so I made a big ole batch. Plus I knew I’d be dipping my spoon in it quite frequently, therefore having a more than enough was necessary. And of course with Elizabeth around, she’d need some to dip her apples or her fingers into.

This recipe does make a big batch, close to three cups, enough to fill a jar and toss in the fridge to get you through a carton or two of your favorite ice cream. In this recipe I used kosher salt, it’s thicker than table salt and will really punch up the salted caramel taste. Table salt will work, add a bit at a time as taste as you go, allowing it to return to a simmer between saltings. The salt can be omitted if you don’t want the salty taste, but I’d still add at least a pinch. Easy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristEasy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristEasy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete Savorist

Easy Caramel Sauce

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream; to desired thickness.
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt; to taste

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla, whisk together.
  3. Whisk constantly for 8 minutes, to bubbling, and add a quarter of the salt, whisk and cook for an additional minute. Take care to not let it burn.
  4. Stop and scrap down the sides.
  5. Taste for salt, add more, an additional quarter portion and resume whisking for another minute or two. Taste again. Repeat adding salt and returning to a simmer until it has reached the desired saltiness.
  6. Once the salt is right, allow to simmer and thicken for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, scrape down the sides and allow to cool enough serve or jar and place in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Can decrease the brown sugar to 2 cups and the cream to 3/4 cup. It's all about the desired thickness. It will thicken upon standing.


Easy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristEasy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete SavoristEasy Caramel Sauce ~ Stove top, 15-minute, no corn syrup caramel sauce with just a few simple ingredients ~ The Complete Savorist

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 15, 2016 at 4:54 am

    So many delicious possibilities for this sweet sauce!

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    Cooking with Crystal
    June 15, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Oh how i love caramel sauce! This looks mouth watering!

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit
    June 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This would be delicious with some apples!

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    June 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    OH! That does seem easy!

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    Krista
    June 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    There are so many uses for this Caramel Sauce!

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    Adriana Lopez-Martin
    June 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    OMG I am salivating I need caramel in my life thanks for sharing yoru secrets on how to make it =)

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      June 20, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Adriana, It’s a quick and easy sauce that works when you need caramel in a hurry.

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    Amy Stafford
    June 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I love caramel sauce, it is such a wonderful treat. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

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    Debra C.
    June 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I absolutely adore caramel sauce – hubby too, love how easy your recipe is!!

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    Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling
    June 16, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Oh my goodness – I want this caramel on EVERYTHING!!!

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    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    June 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Oh, you just can’t go wrong with a good homemade caramel sauce! And this one looks fabulous. 🙂

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    June 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Is there anything in the world that wouldn’t be a little bit better when drizzled with caramel sauce? Looks silky and delicious.

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    Cakespy
    June 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I wish I spoke Caramel so I could say “You’re speaking my language” and be literal right now. But in a figurative way, yes, you are speaking my language 😉

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    Shazinoz
    June 19, 2016 at 2:04 am

    How long will the Caramel last in the fridge???

    I am thinking of making some to give away as Christmas gifts, but I want to know how long in advance I can make it and how long the recipients can keep it.

    Thanks in advance…

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      June 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

      I’d say with the amount of sugar, and if properly stored, you could keep it in the fridge for up to a month. This is my guess, no food science degree to back that up.

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        Shazinoz
        June 20, 2016 at 2:20 am

        Thank you, that gives me an idea.
        No food science degree needed just a rough guess :o)

        I made lemon curd one year but that is hard because it has raw egg it only last about a week (I put notes on it telling the recipients this, but saw one of them 3 months later and it was still in their fridge, I threw it out).
        I usually just make jams, but thought I might try something different this year.
        Thanks for your help

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          Michelle De La Cerda
          June 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

          You can really make a huge batch of this and keep your costs relatively low. I’ve had it in the fridge for 2 weeks now and it’s still perfectly fine. It’s harder of course, so I microwave a bit I’ve scooped out each time I use it, to make is softer again.

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    Deb Weaver
    October 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hi, I made this recipe tonight but tried it using the decreased amounts of cream and sugar but as it is cooling, it is getting real thick and is very grainy. What did I do wrong? I cooked it like the recipe said and never walked away from it and whisked it the entire time. It tastes good but not sure why it turned out like it did. Thanks! Deb

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      October 20, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Do you remember what your exact ratios were? Did you adjust the amount of butter as well?. I’ve made this at least 15 times, and I have had it come out grainy before. It could be the butter or the cream, not enough “liquid” to fully dissolve the sugar or the heat level. I am sorry it was grainy for you though.

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