Salted Caramel Sauce

So, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not really a fan of caramel.  Just too sweet, I’ve always said.

Well, I may have to change my tune.  Apparently if it’s homemade salted caramel sauce, I can’t get enough.  This stuff is so good, that my usual evening snack of a nice, healthy apple?  That may have morphed into apple nachos far more often then is necessary.  Those things are positively addictive.  And the super annoying part of it is that if you’re going to bother slicing up an apple and drizzling salted caramel sauce on it – well then you might as well get super fancy.

Salted Caramel Sauce - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

I’ve been making apple nachos with salted caramel, chocolate, AND peanut butter drizzles, and then tossing on chopped pecans and raisins and sometimes dried cherries.  Oh my goodness, there may not be a better snack out there.  My husband informed me last night that he could get on board with fruit when it’s done that way!  Of course, who couldn’t?!

And I think the best part of those “nachos” was seriously the homemade salted caramel sauce.  And you can pretty much rely on the truth in that comment, because it is coming from a professed chocoholic and caramel hater.  Who am I?  Next I’ll find myself liking white chocolate or something.  It’s actually a little irritating.  Not enjoying caramel kept me from some pretty sugary treats, now I’m going to be adding salted caramel to everything.  This could be bad.

Salted Caramel Sauce - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Salted Caramel Sauce
Yield: 1 cup
 
Note: This makes quite a salty salted caramel sauce, you can certainly decrease the salt to 1 teaspoon if you want the salted flavour to be a bit less pronounced. Make sure to use a large enough pan as the caramel does bubble up quite a bit.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up into 6-8 pieces
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
Directions
  1. Place the granulated sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, allow the sugar to heat. It will clump together as it starts to melt and then will start turning to liquid. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn, until it is completely melted into an amber coloured liquid.
  2. Once the sugar is melted, immediately add the pieces of butter. The liquid will bubble up when you add the butter. Stir the caramel until the butter is completely melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the heavy cream while still stirring. Be careful as the caramel will bubble up a lot when you add the cream. Allow this mixture to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, and then remove from the heat.
  4. Stir in the salt and allow it to cool down a bit before using it, or pouring it into another container as it will be extremely hot.
  5. Cover it tightly and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm it up in the microwave before using it. I like to scoop the amount I’m going to use into another small bowl to heat up, as I find microwaving it multiple times will cause it to not melt quite as nicely.
Notes
Source: Adapted slightly from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
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Comments

    • stacey says

      I haven’t used half and half in this recipe, but I’ve seen similar caramel recipes with half and half instead of whipping cream so I would imagine it would be fine. It will likely be a bit thinner though. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  1. April says

    Well Stacey, I just had to write you, I made this sauce the other day with my Grandaughter and she just LOVED IT!! So much that a couple of hours later im calling out for my Granddaughter whom is not answering hearing her name called out, now mind you she is only 4yrs old. I decided to look in my kitchen as its her favorite place to be when she visits her Nana, well to my surprise my fridge door is open only to find my beautiful little blond hair blue eyed girl looking up at me sitting on the floor just COVERED in caramel sauce licking her fingers with the biggest smile i have ever seen. So happy & content. So i am to assume that she LOVES your caramel sauce.!! Thanks for the memories Stacey & keep up the good work.

    • stacey says

      Hahaha, that made me smile this morning! So happy you (and your granddaughter!) loved the caramel sauce – thanks for letting me know! :)

    • stacey says

      It really is right? I’ve been suddenly adding caramel to all sorts of stuff, where I never would have thought of it before making this! Thanks Jen!

  2. says

    Your caramel verdict baffles me – I can personally never get enough of the sweetness…but I guess that’s hardly a good habit, is it? 😉 The loaded apple nachos sound amazing!

  3. says

    I can’t really relate…. I’ve always LOVED caramel! Even white chocolate. Basically, anything sweet. There really aren’t very many desserts I don’t enjoy! But this one looks particularly amazing! I’m usually too lazy to make my own caramel, but I might just have to try this out!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Ashley! If you love caramel, you definitely need to make it. It was seriously so fast and easy. Maybe 10-15 minutes start to finish, I couldn’t believe how quick it was!

    • stacey says

      I would never judge! Far too many sweets being consumed over here for that to happen! :) Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

  4. says

    Hang on a second… you don’t like caramel? Or white chocolate? What?? Can’t believe what I’m hearing! Haha! :) But you’re coming around on the caramel thing, and I can see why. This looks amazing! I’ve made regular caramel, but not the salted variety! I need to get in on that. Btw, those apple nachos with the pecans and dried cherries? WOW, that sounds incredible!

    • stacey says

      Hahaha, I somehow knew you’d appreciate that! I think it’s the salt that gets me, it’s not so sickly sweet then, I honestly have been putting this stuff on everything, but the apple nachos are the best. It’s a snack I was having all the time like a year ago when I first heard of the idea, and then forgot about them. It may be a problem that I remembered, and added caramel! :)

  5. says

    Isn’t homemade salted caramel sauce the best?! I made my own a month or so ago and was hooked! I literally ate half the jar with just a spoon, it was so good! :) I love your idea of making apple nachos. What a fun treat! And I will have to try out your version. Looks delish!

    • stacey says

      Haha, I think when I made this it’s the first time in my life I’ve wanted to eat caramel all on its own. It is just so good, it really surprised me how much I liked it! Is your version a lot different? I looked at a ton of recipes before settling on one, and they were all pretty much the same, usually just the method varied a bit. The apple nachos thing I saw I think on How Sweet It Is last year and thought it was brilliant, so I was a bit addicted to making them for a bit. And now that addiction has returned! :)

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