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Pouring caramel sauce into a bowl.
Homemde Thick Caramel Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling
1 hr
 

Delicious, easy to make homemade caramel sauce. Use it to make caramel buttercream or drizzle it over your favorite pancakes, cakes, waffles. Or eat it with a spoon straight from a jar.

Make 2 cups

Serving Size 2 tbsp

Course: Candy, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: caramel, caramel sauce, homemade caramel
Servings: 32
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Instructions
  1. In a nonreactive 3 quart pan combine the sugar (1cup and 3/4cup), water (1/2cup).

  2. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cover the pot and heat sugar and water on low heat until sugar is completely dissolved. 3-5 minutes.

  3. Remove the lid, swirl the pan to see if all of the sugar is dissolved. Once sugar is dissolved increase the heat to medium and bring sugar syrup to a simmer. DO NOT STIR after mixers simmers. Mixture will appear cloudy at first. It will clear up as it starts to boil.

  4. To remove any sugar spots on the sides of the pan either brush the sides with pastry brush dipped in water or cover pot again for 2-3 minutes. Steam/condensation will wash down the sides of the pan clean. However if there are any stubborn areas use a pastry brush. It is important to keep the sides of the pan clean. This helps to prevent sugar crystallization and grainy caramel sauce.

  5. Be sure to keep an eye on the caramel. Once you see syrup is changing color it is important to monitor it closely as it can burn easily if not watched over. Continue to cook until the caramel turns amber color then remove from the heat and pour in about 1/2 of the heavy cream (1/2cup). Mixture will foam up significantly, stir it and then pour in remaining heavy cream (1/2cup). Stir in room temperature butter (3tbsp).

    Mixture will be thin. Pour it into a heat proof dish and let cool slightly, about 20 minutes, Then stir in Vanilla Bean Paste (1tsp). Flavor with other flavoring as desired. Use seas salt, coffee, maple, pecans etc.

  6. DON'T BE TEMPTED TO TASTE CARAMEL SAUCE BEFORE IT COOLS. MIXTURE IS VERY HOT.

  7. Cover bowl with cooled caramel sauce with a plastic wrap and a lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

WHERE SHOULD I STORE THE CARAMEL?

In the fridge, it contains dairy. It's best to keep it refrigerated.

HOW LONG DOES CARAMEL SAUCE KEEP?

From my experience it’s good for at least a month if stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to let it cool completely before refrigerating.

SAUCE IS VERY THICK, CAN I REHEAT IT?

Yes, heat it in the microwave in 5 second intervals, or very gently on the stove.

HOW TO PREVENT MY CARAMEL SAUCE FROM BECOMING GRAINY?

OTHER WAYS TO BATTLE SUGAR CRYSTALLIZATION

CAN I USE IT TO MAKE CAKE DRIPS?

Absolutely.