Ottawa Food Photography :: Heavenly Salted Caramel Sauce

I’m not entirely sure why I decided to call this Heavenly Salted Caramel Sauce when it’s clearly evil. Pure and total evil. Despite my best efforts I am completely unable to control myself walking by the refrigerator knowing this yumminess is inside. Ideally you want to save this ooey gooey goodness to use as an ice cream topping or something of that nature. In reality, I’d take bets with anyone that it would be long gone before you even have a chance to get out and buy some ice cream. 😉

 

Heavenly Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
Pour water into a large sauce pan. Pour the sugar into the centre of the pan, not touching the sides. DO NOT STIR!
Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Then turn heat up to high and boil until the mixture starts to turn brown. This should take approximately 20 minutes. (Still no stirring!)
Heat the cream in the microwave for 45 seconds. It will turn a golden brown colour. Add vanilla to the milk and then slowly pour it into sugar mixture along with the salt. Once blended, immediately remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Pour into a jar and chill in refrigerator immediately.

 

 

Now be forewarned, this recipe can be tricky. The first time my hubby and I experimented with it we ended up with something super dark and thick in consistency. Which would be fine…expect that it tasted burnt. Our second attempt we realized that you must add in the cream and vanilla mixture as SOON as the sugar starts to turn brown. Any later and your sauce will taste burnt. Another tip to ensure it turns out: After adding in the cream and vanilla mixture, do not let it heat any longer on the stove. The longer this boils, the faster the moisture boils out. This will leave you with a very thick, grainy, fudge like treat. Which is also super delicious (and also known as Sucre a la Creme!) but will be very different from a syrup type stuff we’re going for here. 😉

 

Despite the trickiness, this stuff really is delicious and totally worth making! Enjoy!! 🙂

 

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