I’m thinking there really isn’t much more I need to say here. This is just indulgent. Sure you could buy a jar of caramel sauce at any local grocery store. But this really is easy to make and I guarantee you can pronounce all of the ingredients. And it keeps well in a mason jar in your fridge without any preservatives. Just heat in the microwave on high for 10 seconds, stir and dollop!
I can get my kids to do just about anything I want – homework, clean up the basement or their rooms – if I promise a bowl of vanilla ice cream with salted caramel sauce when they are finished. I am so not above bribery. Waffles and ice cream works too, but I’ll save that for another day.
The salt really adds to the heady sweetness of this caramel. Who doesn’t like that salty sweet thing? Put this in your morning coffee to make your own macchiato. Drizzle on vanilla ice cream. Spoon over apple pie. Use it as a dip for pretzels or apples. Eat it by the spoonful.
This is one of those recipes that make you look like a rock star in the kitchen. I don’t know what it is about making caramel but it really freaks people out. They can’t believe you made it just for them. And then they taste it! Just special.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3 tbs unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream at room temp.
1/2 tsp kosher salt
In a heavy bottomed pot heat the butter, water and sugar over medium high heat, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and stir for about 5 minutes until it starts to turn amber in color.
Off the heat carefully add the room temperature cream, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine. Carefully pour into a pitcher to cool before serving. Store in the fridge in a mason jar with a lid and simply reheat in the microwave to use.