Caramel sauce is a delicious topping that can be used in a variety of ways. It's perfect for topping ice cream sundaes, adding sweetness to fruit salads, drizzling over cakes, and creating a decadent topping for pancakes or waffles. You can also use it to make a delicious caramel glaze for coffee cakes or cinnamon rolls. Additionally, you can use caramel sauce to make a rich, creamy dip for apples or other fruits. Whatever you decide, caramel sauce is sure to be a delicious addition to your favorite treats!
How to make caramel sauce
Making caramel sauce is a fun and rewarding kitchen project! Our recipe is simple and requires only a few ingredients: butter, sugar, cream, and vanilla.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cold water
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the sugar with ¼ cup cold water and stir to combine. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar has turned a deep amber hue, approximately 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, warm the cream in a small saucepan. When the caramel is ready, slowly whisk in the warm cream and continue simmering the mixture until it is smooth, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, then whisk in the butter, vanilla bean paste and then the salt, to taste. Serve warm.
Top 5 desserts using caramel sauce
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Caramel Apple Pie: Start with a buttery pre-made or homemade pie crust and layer with tart apples, cinnamon, and caramel sauce. Top with a crumble topping for a delicious fall treat.
Caramel Fondue: Melt caramel sauce in a fondue pot and serve with fresh fruit, pretzels, and marshmallows for a fun and interactive dessert.
Caramel Banana Bread: Add caramel sauce to your favorite banana bread recipe for an extra sweet twist.
Caramel Stuffed French Toast: Stuff cinnamon French toast with caramel sauce and top with powdered sugar for a decadent brunch dish.
Caramel Cheesecake Bars: Top a graham cracker crust with cream cheese filling and a layer of caramel sauce for a rich and creamy treat.