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Best Homemade Caramel Sauce

The best homemade caramel sauce uses only 4 quality ingredients to create one of the simplest but most luxuriant dessert sauces ever.

Homemade Caramel Sauce pictured in a glass jug with ice cream in the background

Homemade Caramel Sauce using only 4 ingredients!!

This is the best caramel sauce I have ever tasted. It’s time to master the method for making this simple but amazing 4 ingredient caramel sauce, once you’ve tried it a few times you will perfect it to your own taste.

The colour of the caramelized sugar will determine the depth of flavour in the sauce. Keep it lighter for a a lighter caramel flavour.

From ice cream sundaes to the perfect accompaniment for apple pie, you will find a thousand ways to use this gorgeous sauce. Isn’t everything better with caramel?

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Tips and advice for Homemade Caramel Sauce.

You will want to prepare the ingredients and have them at the ready. Timing is very important in a good caramel sauce, so having the butter and cream ready at the crucial point is critical to the success of your sauce.

You will also want to be very careful when preparing caramel sauce; when the sugar syrup hits the right stage to add the butter and cream it will be over 300 degrees F so it is important to take particular care.

It is also very important to use a proper sized pot. Although the recipe only makes about 2 cups, you will need a 2 1/2 to 3 quart/litre heavy bottomed saucepan.

This is because the sugar syrup will foam up considerably. It will also produce a considerable amount of steam when the butter is added, and again when the cream is added.

These safety tips are not meant to deter. It’s just good advice to make these sorts of things when you can take the time without distractions and give it your full attention.

A successful caramel sauce is also one that has been given careful attention. With a little practice you will be a caramel ace in no time.

butter photographed on a wooden cutting board.

Use only real dairy butter.

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Homemade Caramel Sauce pictured in a glass jug with ice cream in the background
Yield: 24 servings of 2 tbsp. Makes about 3 cups

The Best Homemade Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The best homemade caramel sauce uses only 4 quality ingredients to create one of the simplest but most luxuriant dessert sauces ever.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter cut in small cubes
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Begin by mixing the sugar and water in a large saucepan. NOTE: I use a large saucepan of about 3 quarts or larger because the sugar foams up when you add the butter and cream so make sure you have a large enough pot.
  2. Boil the sugar and water over medium heat until the mixture begins to turn a light to medium amber color. The real skill in making caramel sauce does come with experience and knowing the point at which the color is perfect. Good advice for beginners is that it is better to be a little too light in color rather than a little too dark because too dark a caramel can often taste a little burnt. It is very easy to burn this mixture which can happen very quickly once the proper color is achieved, so have your butter and cream at the ready, as timing is crucial for this recipe.
  3. Do not stir the boiling sugar, this can cause it to crystallize. If you find the sugar starts to crystallize, use a pastry brush to brush water around the inside edge of the pot as it boils. You may have to do this several times. Carefully swirling the pan occasionally is also helpful to avoid crystallization of the sugar.
  4. When the color is right, quickly add the butter and stir quickly until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat immediately and pour in the whipping cream, stirring constantly until the sauce is uniformly smooth. Cool completely. Store in an airtight plastic container or in a mason jar. This sauce is fantastic with almost any apple dessert or for great caramel sundaes.

Notes

You will want to prepare the ingredients and have them at the ready. Timing is very important in a good caramel sauce, so having the butter and cream ready at the crucial point is critical to the success of your sauce. You will also want to be very careful when preparing caramel sauce; when the sugar syrup hits the right stage to add the butter and cream it will be over 300 degrees F so it is important to take particular care. It is also very important to use a proper sized pot. Although the recipe only makes about 2 cups, you will need a 2 1/2 to 3 quart/liter heavy bottomed saucepan because the sugar syrup will foam up considerably and produce a considerable amount of steam when the butter is added and again when the cream is added. These safety tips are not meant to deter, it's just good advice to make these sorts of things when you can take the time without distractions and give it your full attention. A successful caramel sauce is also one that has been given careful attention. With a little practice you will be a caramel ace in no time.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

2 tbsp (30ml)

Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 25mgSodium 44mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 17gProtein 0g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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