If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to make some delicious salted caramel sauce, I have the perfect recipe for you! My caramel sauce is so simple to make, anyone can do it! It only takes a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time. Plus, this homemade version tastes better than anything you could buy at the store!
Salted Caramel Sauce
This smooth and creamy salted caramel sauce is an ideal topping for ice cream, puddings or even pancakes. So easy to make that you won’t need to buy it from the store!
Once you try my easy salted caramel sauce, I know that you’ll never want to go back to store-bought again. This is one of those recipes that will become a staple in your kitchen from now on – trust me! And if you don’t believe me yet, just wait until after you’ve tried it yourself…you’ll be hooked too!
Store-bought caramel sauces are oftentimes very sweet and contain loads of preservatives. This homemade salted caramel sauce is made with healthy ingredients and is smooth and creamy with the perfect consistency. And it’s so easy and quick to make, about 15 minutes.
More caramel desserts you will love:
- Chocolate caramel cookies
- Ice cream sandwich
- Popcorn bars with caramel sauce
- Caramel upside down apple cake
I made this sauce many times, it has such an irresistible aroma and a delicate sweetness tempered by salt. But for some reason I have not managed to publish the recipe on the blog until now. I’m using this sauce in many recipes and I thought it would be useful to make a post for ease of reference.
It’s good to know that you can prepare the salted caramel sauce recipe in advance, keeping it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Before using, simply remove it from the jar and warm it slightly.
Salted caramel sauce Q&A
How long will this sauce keep?
I usually prepare a small jar at time and keep it in the fridge for about 3 weeks. The caramel sauce thickens as it cools, so you need to reheat it slightly before using. If you don’t plan on using all of the salted caramel sauce within 2-3 weeks, then I suggest you freeze it.
Salted caramel sauce variations
If you like, you can add a tablespoon of corn syrup which will prevent crystallization. Be careful not to over-heat the sauce when adding ingredients because boiling may cause it to separate or become too thick. For best results, keep the salted caramel sauce in an airtight container in the fridge.
What is caramel sauce made of?
Caramel sauce is made with sugar, water and cream or milk. Adding butter to the salted caramel gives it a deeper caramel flavor. Other ingredients such as vanilla and salt can be added for extra flavor and taste.
Is salted caramel sauce homemade healthy?
Homemade sauces are healthier compared to store-bought versions because they don’t contain any artificial ingredients. The main ingredients in this salted caramel sauce recipe are sugar, cream and butter, all of which are healthy when consumed in moderation.
Is caramel sauce vegan?
This salted caramel sauce is not vegan because it contains cream and butter. For a vegan version of this sauce, use coconut cream instead of regular cream. I’m sure agave nectar will work too but give the sauce a more liquid consistency.
Any tips on how to make caramel sauce without cream or milk?
You can simply omit the cream from this salted caramel sauce recipe. Alternatively, use any plant-based milk such as soy or almond milk instead of regular cream.
How to thicken homemade salted caramel sauce?
To thicken salted caramel sauce, add a small amount of cornstarch mixed with water. The corn starch will absorb any excess moisture and prevent the mixture from becoming too thin.
How to prevent caramel sauce from crystallizing?
If you add a tablespoon of corn syrup, it will help prevent those sugar crystals from forming. I don’t recommend using other sweeteners because they affect the taste and consistency.
How long does this syrup last?
To determine if the caramel sauce has gone bad, simply smell it and taste it. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Can you freeze homemade caramel sauce?
Yes, this sauce freezes well . Pour the caramel sauce in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat slightly before using.
What are some recipes that go well with salted caramel sauce?
This recipe goes well with almost anything – plain pancakes, waffles or French toast; ice cream (especially vanilla but this cookie dough ice cream works great too); apple slices; tarts; bread pudding; pound cake; brownies; cupcakes; cheesecake; apple pie or turnovers.
What do you need to make this caramel sauce?
All you need for this recipe is some simple ingredients: sugar, water, unsalted butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, regular table salt or sea salt and fresh lemon juice (optional). You could also add a pinch of cinnamon if you wish.
- Medium deep saucepan
- silicone spatula or spoon
How do you make this sauce?
Making this great dessert is so easy!
- Just place sugar with 2 tablespoons of cold water in a pan over medium heat and let it boil. Keep an eye on the saucepan until the water evaporates and the sugar becomes golden brown.
- As soon as the sugar has reached the desired color, add the butter and stir vigorously with a whisk until butter is completely dissolved.
- Heat the heavy whipping cream and once the butter melts completely, pull the pan from the heat and add cream, stirring vigorously with a whisk. The composition will bubble and swell a lot at this stage.
- Add the vanilla extract, salt and lemon juice and mix well.
- Pour the sauce in a glass jar and let it cool at room temperature, then refrigerate.
This easy to prepare salted caramel sauce recipe yields a rich and creamy sauce that you can use in many recipes.
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Salted caramel sauce
- 14 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 6 tbsp butter
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Place sugar with water in a saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Keep an eye on the saucepan until the water evaporates and the sugar becomes golden brown. As soon as the sugar has reached the desired color, add the butter and stir vigorously with a whisk until butter is completely dissolved.
- Separately heat the cream. Once the butter melts completely, pull the pan from the heat and add cream, stirring vigorously with a whisk. The composition will bubble and swell a lot at this stage.
- Add the vanilla extract, salt and lemon juice and mix well.
- Pour the salted caramel sauce in jars and let it cool at room temperature, then refrigerate. Slightly warm up when serving the sauce.