Silky smooth and creamy sweet, this homemade caramel sauce is perfect over apple pie, ice cream, or stirred into hot chocolate!
I have to admit that making caramel sauce for the first time was scary for me. I thought, “there are so many ways to mess this up that I shouldn’t even try.” Then, I learned to do something every day that scares you. Every day, try something new and just do it scared, if you have to. While caramel sauce isn’t something to really fret over, the fact remains that doing something every day that scares you just a bit is a good thing.
We had a habit of buying caramel sauce at the store for ice cream, pies, and desserts. I knew I could make it better, but for some reason, I was still scared. One day, I took out some brown sugar, some butter and some cream and decided that I was going to make it, no matter what happened.
My first attempt was NOT good. At. All. The caramel sauce seized up like nobody’s business, and I actually got burned. Not fun. After a bit of aloe vera and some tears of frustration, I tried again. The result was a creamy, silky smooth homemade caramel sauce that is out of this world good!Silky smooth and creamy sweet, this homemade caramel sauce is perfect over apple pie, ice cream, or stirred into hot chocolate! #caramel #homemade #desserts #sweet
Tips for making your caramel sauce:
- the sauce MAY seize up on you when you pour your cream in. Do not panic, just keep stirring. That was my mistake. If I had kept on stirring gently, it would have all worked out.
- Have all your ingredients measured out and ready to go BEFORE you begin. This will help keep it from burning when you can stay right where you are start to finish.
- boiling hot butter and sugar HURTS when it splashes on you, so be very careful!
Do you need vanilla extract?
To be honest, I have never used it in my recipe, and I still get a great recipe.
Ingredients you will need for this caramel sauce recipe:
- Brown sugar
- Heavy whipping cream
How to make your homemade caramel:
- Melt brown sugar over medium low heat.
- Add butter and stir.
- Pour heavy cream in, a little at a time, continually stirring.
- Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
Ways to use your easy caramel sauce:
Want to make it a salted caramel sauce?
Simply add 1 teaspoon sea salt before cooling.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- In a medium sized pot set on low heat, add brown sugar and stir to melt.
- Add butter and stir to melt together and combine.
- Pour in heavy cream in a slow drizzle while whisking constantly. The mixture may seize up on you a bit, but continue to stir.
- Stir until all lumps of sugar have redissolved and allow to thicken.
- Simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring only occasionally until caramel coats the back of a spoon.
- Store in a tightly covered container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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