Easy Caramel Sauce Recipe
Okay, I have a confession to make. Until a couple of months ago, I thought caramel was a square candy in a plastic wrapper that you melted to use in recipes–true story. My world has been expanded by my 16 year old who loves to bake and cook, and who introduced me to HOMEMADE caramel.
After tasting this amazingness, I will never go back!
2/3 cup salted butter (or 1/3 c. unsalted & 1/3 c. salted to make it less salty)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
Combine butter and sugar in a heavy saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, whisking gently until mixture comes to a full boil (about 10 minutes).
Add whipping cream and vanilla if using.
Cook 1 additional minute.
Remove pan from heat and cool 5 minutes.
Serve caramel sauce warm or pour into a glass jar, cool 15 minutes, cover and store in the refrigerator.
Yield: approximately 1 cup
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