Wouldn't you love to always have the perfect caramel sauce on hand at home? Many people avoid making their own, because they're intimidated. At Ontario Bakery, we know our sweets and this is one we really enjoy and believe you should too! The truth is, it's really not that hard. Not having the sugar become a grainy mess is your second biggest-challenge when making caramel. The first is getting it to just the right color; no more, no less. Perfect caramel should be cooked until it’s dark, reddish-brown. Thankfully, the Brown Eyed Baker had a great recipe to pass on to you and we've got it right here!
How to Make the Perfect Salted Caramel Sauce at Home:
Caramel can be intimidating, but the more you make it, the more you will get a feel for the look and the smell, and it will become second-nature. For those just starting out, here are a few tips:
- Stir the sugar initially to help it to melt evenly, but stop once it has completely melted to keep it from seizing.
- If you’re new to caramel-making, you may find a thermometer will help to guide you. The caramel should reach 350 degrees F on an instant-read or candy thermometer. If you aren’t able to obtain a thermometer, you can use visual cues for doneness. The caramel should be a deep amber color and should have just started to smoke. The line is very fine here. If you don’t cook it long enough it will be too sweet with little depth of flavor, but cook it too long and it will be burnt and unusable. Once you’ve done it a few times and see the color and can experience the smell when the thermometer hits 350 degrees, you will have a better idea of how to eyeball it when you don’t have a thermometer.
- Be sure to use a saucepan that is larger than you think you might need. When you add the butter and the cream, the caramel will bubble up violently.
It's that simple! Once your caramel has reached it's peak flavor and consistency, generously pour into a mason jar or similar container.
Now, you have a fantastic homemade caramel sauce that you can dip apples into, drizzle over brownies or even flavor your coffee with!
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