Caramel sauce

What was I thinking buying jars of this, when it turns out it is so easy to make myself? I’m a little scared to make it again because of how quickly it was inhaled (most of it by the spoonful). I should be ashamed, but it’s just that good!

I was a little nervous my sugar would burn, but if you keep an eye on it and take it off the heat as soon as it’s golden, you should be ok. (The darker the sugar gets, the deeper the caramel flavor will be, but if it gets too dark, it may taste bitter.) When I was whisking in the cream a few areas solidified before I could get everything mixed together, but when I put the pan over low heat for just a few stirs, everything melted back together beautifully.

Remember that boiling sugar is HOT and you need to be really carefuly not to let any splash on you. I of course was not careful enough and have a blister on my finger, but that battle wound was totally worth it!

(from Simply Recipes)

1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup heavy cream

Put the sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently with a whisk as the sugar starts to melt, then stop stirring and just swirl the pan as it turns golden (It should all be liquid).
As soon as all the sugar is melted and uniformly golden, remove from the heat and add the butter and stir vigorously.
Once all the butter is melted, whisk in the cream. Whisk firmly and constantly until you have a smooth caramel sauce. If bits start to harden before the cream is fully incorporated, put the pan back over very low heat for a minute or too.

Transfer to a glass jar for storage.

When ready to serve, warm in the microwave until liquid.


11 Responses to “Caramel sauce”

  1. 1 Chris September 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Seriously, there is nothing better than homemade caramel sauce (with heavy cream!). And so easy to make too!

  2. 2 Chaya September 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I have been buying jars also. Feeling a little foolish. I love caramel and it has been my one real splurge.

  3. 3 Chaya September 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I adore caramel and should follow your lead and start making my own. That first photo is cause for a good drool.

  4. 4 themilkmanswife September 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, yum! Is it bad I was ready to lick the screen? LOL. I need to try making my own caramel – looks so easy and delicious! 🙂

  5. 5 Erin September 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm


    That looks good!

  6. 6 Jessica September 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    :::cleaning up drool from my keyboard::
    Seriously, YUM!

  7. 7 Emily September 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    This looks delicious! I am always intimidated by the boiling hot sugar, but I need to get over it and start making my own caramel soon! Especially with apple season coming up.

  8. 8 Dina September 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    i absolutely love homemade caramel sauce. wonderful!

  9. 9 BluePencil September 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Yummy! This is up there with chocolate sauce and barbecue sauce–easy to make, and sooo much better and cheaper than store-bought.

  10. 10 virginie September 12, 2009 at 3:28 am

    hummmm !!! I like caramel sauce with a chocolate cake !!!

  11. 11 Miliani October 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I just purchased some tasty apples and am making this recipe right now for dipping 😉 Thanks for the recipe!!!!

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