For years I have purchased numerous brands of caramel sauce and syrup and rarely found one that I thought tasted the way it should. Cheap squeeze bottle varieties left much to be desired but always managed a place in the refrigerator door. More expensive brands although having a better taste still didn’t quite give me what I wanted. Yet I could go out for a special coffee or dessert and always find this rich, delicious caramel sauce that added the perfect addition to what I was having and made my taste buds crave for more. So I set out on a quest to create my own Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce.
Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe
Ideally anything I create homemade will have minimal ingredients and minimal tools needed. I read and tested countless recipes that included double boilers, candy thermometers, twelve types of sugar, butter and of course all the different hints of spice or extracts. I narrowed the recipes down to two that I felt were simple, didn’t require a lot of money or ingredients but also satisfied that rich taste I longed for. One version of caramel sauce recipe included sweetened condensed milk and the other one included whipping cream. Only one had cinnamon. I decided to adapt the two and create one that satisfied my taste buds perfectly and allowed me to mix it up in under 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy this home made caramel sauce as much as I do! 🙂
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1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
½ Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sweetened Condensed Milk
½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
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In heavy bottom sauce pan melt butter mixing in brown sugar, whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes over medium heat whisking constantly. Sauce will darken and begin to thicken. Add in vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the caramel sauce to cool. Serve or pour into jar for storage in refrigerator.
Suggested Serving Ideas for your caramel sauce
Drizzle over fresh fruit with chopped roasted walnuts or pecans
Drizzle over ice cream, cake, cookies or brownies
Add 1 Tablespoon to your favorite coffee or tea blend
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