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Spoon dripping caramel into a jar of caramel sauce

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Leslie Jeon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Why buy caramel at the store when you can make this easy homemade caramel sauce? It only requires a few ingredients, and it's delicious when enjoyed with ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, and more! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup (227g) heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter 
  • 1 1/2 cups (297g) granulated sugar 
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Instructions

  1. Heat the heavy cream and butter: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the heavy cream and unsalted butter. Bring to a boil, then set aside. 
  2. Make a wet caramel: Pour the granulated sugar into a medium or large saucepan with high sides, then shake the pot to distribute the sugar in an even layer on the bottom. Pour the water on top of the sugar and gently swirl the pot until all the sugar has been moistened. If you get sugar on the sides of the pot, dip a clean pastry brush in water and wash the sugar off to avoid crystallization. Turn the heat up to medium-high and let the sugar and water come to a boil before you disturb it. Once it comes to a boil, gently swirl the pot occasionally (but do not stir it). This ensures that the caramel cooks evenly and helps you control the hot spots. Continue to cook the caramel, swirling the pot occasionally, until a medium amber color is achieved and the caramel smells slightly nutty. 
  3. Finish the caramel sauce: Remove the caramel from the heat, then slowly pour in the cream and butter mixture into the caramel while whisking constantly. The mixture will bubble up, so be sure to pour the cream and butter in gradually to avoid it spilling over or burning you. Once all the liquid has been evenly incorporated, transfer the caramel sauce to a heatproof bowl and whisk in the salt. Let the caramel sauce cool at room temperature before using (the sauce will thicken quite a bit as it cools). 
  4. Once cooled completely, transfer to a storage container and store for up to one month in the refrigerator. Caramel sauce does solidify in the fridge, so let it come to room temperature before using, or reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. 

Notes

  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter when making this recipe so that you can control the amount of salt. If you use salted butter, I'd recommend not adding the additional salt at the end. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 12.6 g
  • Sodium: 50.2 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.6 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.5 mg

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