Sunday, March 6, 2016

Homemade Caramel sauce - you'll never buy the bottled stuff again!

We held a small dinner party this past weekend. The menu included a roasted leg of lamb and grilled veggies. The finishing touch was a salted caramel cheesecake, which as you can see by the photo was a huge hit. While that might already sound too decadent, what really set this cheesecake apart was the homemade caramel sauce. It was amazing! There are only 4 ingredients, but the technique definitely requires some preparation.  Many of our guests asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 pinch of sea salt to taste
 


Directions

  • Place sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until sugar begins to melt. Continue stirring until the sugar melts completely, begins to darken and all the chunks are dissolved, about 10 minutes. Stop stirring and continue to cook until the sugar begins to smoke and turns a dark shade of amber, 3 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and wait 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in butter until melted and combined. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cream, taking care because it can bubble over. Sprinkle in salt and stir to combine. Transfer sauce to a jar and cool completely before refrigerating.
You'll definitely want to make this in a medium saucepan because the melted, molten lava sugar really bubbles up when you add the butter. It's also helpful to use a rubber spatula to stir the sugar while it's melting to evenly scrape the pan.

There's a really great video on the Allrecipes website that shows all of the steps. Believe me, you'll want to make this as soon as possible Pour it on top of ice cream, French toast, apple slices, cakes, brownies, cookies.... the possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
http://allrecipes.com/video/1412/salted-caramel-sauce/

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