[How to make] Salted Caramel Sauce

Simple and sweet, this salted caramel sauce can transform any dessert or hot chocolate into a Michelin Star course.  Versatile yet requires little time and effort this sauce only requires five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. 

I have to say, this is a favorite sweet sauce of mine. I remember the first time I ever tasted salted caramel sauce was on a brownie. That salted caramel sauce absolutely transformed that brownie for me. Since then, I would drizzle salted caramel sauce on anything and everything.

Out of this love (or obsession), I formulated this recipe. Why? Well, I wanted a fresh and economically friendly option that I could have in large quantities. This sauce is wonderful on brownies, cupcakes, ice cream, hot chocolate, and many other sweet goodies. Most of all, I love to drizzle it on banana fritters and hot chocolate.  This salted caramel sauce tingles on your taste buds and has a delicate toffee flavor that is beautifully memorable to the palate. 

To illustrate what salted caramel looks like in a jar.
Salted Caramel Sauce stored in a glass jar, after being cooled.

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Why you’ll love this salted caramel sauce recipe:

  • Perfect for all the family: It is my belief that every great home cook must have a great sweet sauce recipe, that’s easy to make and loved by all the family. This salted caramel sauce is it! 
  • Versatility: It can be drizzled on a variety of desserts such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes or even cakes. It also makes for a delicious dipping sauce for churros and fresh fruits. My favourite application of it is as a drizzle on hot chocolate or homemade ice cream. 
  • Preservative free: Let’s face it, it’s easy to walk into a grocery store and buy a similar sauce. However, like a majority of products bought in grocery stores, there will be preservatives in it. This salted caramel sauce is 100% preservative free. This makes it a go-to option for the kids. 
  • Stores for a month or more: When stored in the fridge, it stores for a month, however when frozen it lasts up to three months. 
  • Made in 5 minutes or less: All in, it takes 5 minutes or less to make. It can be made quickly to apply on any freshly baked goods while you wait for them to cool down!

Salted Caramel Recipe Overview:

  • Flavor Profile: A sharp but sweet deeply honeyed brown flavour with hints of toffee and butterscotch with a velvety and rich creamy texture. It is a strong flavour, but not overpowering in any way. Tastes wonderfully when paired with fresh fruits and baked goodies.
  • Difficulty: Easy, so easy that it’s almost effortless! This is the type of recipe that you can make with the children, or on your own. No need to be a culinary guru, as long as you can read, you are set!
  • Time: 5 minutes or less. 

Ingredients

Mise en Place Salted Caramel Sauce Ingredients
  • Soft (dark) brown sugar – you can also use white granulated sugar if this is what is available to you. In this recipe, I use dark brown sugar because it makes for a deeper and more well-rounded caramelized flavour that tastes almost like a butterscotch honey
  • Double Cream – enriches this by adding a depth of flavour and a smooth creamy texture. 
  • Butter – use unsalted butter at room temperature. 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – adds a delectable taste to the sauce while balancing the sweetness of the sugar with the sharpness of the salt 
  • Sea Salt – use sea salt flakes if these are available to you 

Cooking Tools

  • High sided saucepan 
  • Whisk 
  • Storage Jar or any other airtight container

Step by step instructions

  1. In a high sided saucepan, add the butter, salt and brown sugar. Set the sauce pan on low heat. (See picture one)
  2. As the ingredients are melting, pour in the double cream. (Picture one and two)
  3. Begin slowly stirring with a whisk until the brown sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. At this point, the sauce will begin changing colour to a mocha-brown as the ingredients combine. (Picture 5)
  4. The sauce should begin to bubble now. Let the sauce bubble for 2-3 minutes until golden-brown and syrupy. (Picture 6)
  5. Switch off the cooker and set aside the sauce to cool down to room temperature.
  6. Once cooled down, store in an airtight container of your choice.

Storage

To store: The salted caramel sauce jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. 

To freeze: In a freezer-safe container, this salted caramel sauce can be stored for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the fridge.

Recipes using caramel sauce you may like:

Hot chocolate with Salted Caramel Sauce drizzled whipped cream
  • Salted Caramel Banana Ice Cream
  • The Classic Brownie – simply add this caramel sauce between layers before you bake or on top after you bake.

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

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[How to make] Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Author: Lisa N – at The Savourista
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 350ml 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

Simple and sweet, this salted caramel sauce can transform any dessert or hot chocolate into a Michelin Star course.  Versatile yet requires little time and effort to make. This sauce only requires five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. A memorable one for the palate, with hints of toffee and butterscotch.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 175g – Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 300ml – Double Cream
  • 50g – Butter
  • 3 teaspoons – Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon – Sea Salt (flaked)

Instructions

 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan set over a low heat,

  2. and stir until the sugar has dissolved. 

  3. Turn the heat up and bubble the sauce for 2-3 mins until golden and syrupy. 

  4. Leave to cool for 10 mins before serving. Can be made up to 3 days in advance and chilled – gently reheat to serve.


Notes

  • Use room temperature double cream 

Keywords: Salted Caramel Sauce, Toffee Sauce,

With love,

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