Jul 12, 2011

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

Remember the Strawberry Sauce recipe from Food Wishes that can be used for ice cream and cheesecake? Well, here is a recipe for a basic homemade caramel sauce that can be used for many desserts along with ice cream. This recipe and video are from the Rouxbe Online Cooking School, an amazing resource for learning the basics of cooking. I have to admit that caramel is my favorite ice cream topping. See recipe below.

Rich Caramel Sauce
from Rouxbe Recipes

1  1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cups water
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp salted butter

In a medium pot boil the sugar and water together over medium to low heat until the sugar caramelizes and turns golden brown. Be sure not to stir the mixture as the sugar heats. This will take approximately 7-15 minutes.

Once the sugar is golden, immediately remove the pot from the stove and carefully whisk in the whipping cream. Be careful and wear oven mitts as the cold cream will splatter when it hits the hot sugar.

Once the cream has been added, whisk in the butter one tablespoon at a time. Then set the caramel aside to cool slightly as it will still be very hot.

Serve warm or at room temperature with cakes, tarts, ice cream, or even french toast. Any leftover caramel sauce can be kept in  a plastic container or squeeze bottle and stored in the refrigerator for quite a few days.

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