I've been on a cooking kick lately, what can I say? And the great apples still in the store were just asking for a caramel sauce for them to take a dip in. The lovely blog Ruffled Sunshine
provides a great recipe (and a super cute printable!) that I decided to give a whirl.
You will need:
3/4 cup of heavy cream
.44 cup of sugar (Thanks to John, I now know that this is 1/3 of a cup plus 5 teaspoons)
3 Tablespoons of butter, chopped up
and some sea salt, just a bit
Of course, I never have everything I need for a recipe even when I go to the store specifically for recipe ingredients. So, I used some kosher salt instead and it was just fine!
Here is what you do:
First, you pour the heavy cream into a sauce pot and heat it up over low heat. While it's heating, put the sugar into a heavy duty sauce pot and heat it over medium heat.
|Heavy cream, low heat|
|Sugar, medium heat|
Here's where it is important to read ahead. *Don't stir the sugar!* It was so hard for me to leave it alone, but resist! When the melted sugar turns amber, give the pot a few gentle swirls and remove it from the heat.
|Too soon! Don't swirl yet!|
|NOW you can swirl! |
Then, add in your chopped butter to the sugar and place it back on the heat
is the stirring part. Add in the heavy cream slowly as well along with a pinch of salt. Let it boil for a couple of minutes and then take it off the heat. Let it cool, and then pour it into a container.
I was amazed at how easy it is to make! Homemade caramel in a matter of minutes. I think sometime soon I'll dig up my grandparent's recipe for caramel corn. Yum! :)
We had some old mason jars in the basement, so I used one of them (small sized) as my caramel container. However, I had to make two batches to come close to filling the jar.
If I had a color printer, I would have used Ruffled Sunshine's adorable printables
. How cute would they be printed onto stickers!?