I looked at several recipes and then ended up with my own measurements. This makes a little thicker sauce, close to the consistency of melted caramels.
|The sugar turns to crystals and then starts to melt.|
|All mixed together!|
|The finished product!|
1 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put sugar in large (2-3 quart because it will foam up) saucepan with a heavy bottom. Over medium-high heat, stir sugar with wooden spoon or whisk until it begins to clump in crystals, then stir constantly. Keep stirring until sugar melts completely and has a *caramel* color. Add butter (some foaming will occur) and stir constantly with whisk until butter melts. Remove pan from heat. Pour cream slowly in pan while stirring briskly with whisk - mixture will foam up. Keep stirring until caramel is smooth. Add vanilla extract and stir. Pour caramel in glass jar to cool. After cooling, refrigerate. Can be kept in refrigerator 2 weeks and heated up to use as necessary.
~ Have all ingredients measured out and ready to go - no time for leaving the stove!
~ Wear hot pads! When the mixture foams up, it's very hot and you should protect your hands/arms.
~ If your carmelized sugar mixture smells burnt or like strong molasses, don't add your butter & cream 'cause you already burnt the sugar and nothing will fix it. Ask me how I know. :)
~ Don't let the melting sugar get too dark - it changes from carmelized to burnt really fast!
~ Practice with a half batch to get the hang of it.
~ Don't use a skimpy pan or the bottom will get too hot and your sugar will be more likely to burn.
~ If the mixture clumps when adding cream, put it back on heat and keep stirring until smooth.
~ If you want a less thick caramel sauce, you can try increasing the butter and/or cream.
Is that helpful? Or too confusing? Once you try it a couple of times, you start to get a feel for it. Here are a couple of helpful links with more info on making caramel sauce:
Have you made your own caramel sauce? Let me know if you give it a try! It's soooo delicious! You'll have to stop back here for CHOCOLATE Friday to see what I used this caramel sauce for!
I linked up to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam today! Stop by for all sorts of yummy recipes!
Have a tasty day friends! :)