This Salted Caramel Sauce is easy to make, quick, thick, smooth and sweet with a hint of salt. Spoon it over ice cream, cakes, pies or eat it by the spoonful like I do!!
I must admit that before attending culinary school I was terrified at the thought of making any type of caramel sauce, mostly because I grew up boiling cans of condensed milk to make caramel. The truth is if you keep a close eye on it, homemade caramel sauce is quick and easy to make and so much better than any store bought sauce.
How To Make Salted Caramel Sauce
- Mix sugar and water in a pot. A 3 to 4 qt. pot will do.
- After mixing the sugar and water, do not stir it again – yes, it is hard not to, but refrain from doing it. Stirring can cause the sauce to become grainy.
- Over high heat, let the mixture come to a boil. You will see changes in color. From clear to yellow to amber.
- When you see amber streaks forming, give the pot a gentle swirl. You want to make sure the entire mixture is at the same temperature.
- We are not using a candy thermometer to make this Salted Caramel Sauce so when the mixture turns a nice deep amber color you are ready to add the cream.
- In case you are wondering, if you were to use a thermometer the temperature at this point should be between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the cream slowly. The cream should be warm – I usually microwave it so I don’t dirty up more pots.
- When whisking in the cream, expect sudden “crazy bubble-up chaos”. It’s going to be scary! It’s going to be crazy! Almost as crazy as seeing bubbles coming out of a dish washer because you added dish soap to it!! Just breathe and whisk away!
- When the bubbles subside, simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and salt.
- If you add cold cream to the sauce and your caramel seizes up, just keep whisking. You may need to put a little extra effort, but your sauce will become smooth again.
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Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, warm
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Combine the sugar and water in a small pot over medium-high heat.
- Cook without stirring until the mixtures turns a deep amber color, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- When the caramel is ready (deep amber) slowly whisk in the warm cream. Simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and salt until well combined. Let it cool for a few minutes before transferring to a bowl or jar. Serve warm.