Thursday, March 20, 2008

Saucy...

I’ve already been pretty clear about how much I love caramel. Favorite topping ever, on anything and everything. This caramel sauce is the best ever, really, I mean that.

Right out of the refrigerator, spread on your morning toast, the best. As a dip for crunchy apple slices, the best. Warmed up in the microwave and drizzled over, say, chocolate cake, spice cake or ice cream, the best! I don’t even use a candy thermometer for this one, I just my trusty stainless steel sauce pan so I can see the color of the sugar as it caramelizes. I don’t make it quite as dark as the original recipe suggests, as the first time I made it I found it had a burnt aftertaste.

So trusting my instincts I made it again this time cooking the sugar for a shorter amount of time and ending up with the most luscious, decadent, gorgeous caramel sauce. This keeps for like 3 months in the refrigerator, but really, who are we kidding, this sauce can be drizzled on almost anything so it sure won’t last that long!

CLICK! : The photo at the top of the post will be my entry for Jugalbandi’s CLICK Event, this month’s theme is Metal.

Caramel Sauce
Adapted from Rose Levy Berenbaum via Epicurious

The original recipe is full of useful information about understanding the process of making caramel and pointers for successfully making caramel. Also, the users’ comments on Epicurious are very useful as well so I strongly suggest you click over and read the original recipe if this is your first time making caramel.

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 liquid cup water
1/2 liquid cup heavy cream, heated
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan, stainless if you have one, stir together the sugar, syrup, and water until the sugar is completely moistened. Heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is bubbling. You can use a pastry brush dipped in water to remove any sugar that might have crystallized on the sides of the pan. Stop stirring completely and allow it to boil undisturbed until it turns a medium amber color. Immediately remove it from the heat and slowly and carefully pour the hot cream into the caramel. It will bubble up furiously.

Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until smooth, scraping up the thicker part that settles on the bottom. If any lumps develop, return the pan to the heat and stir until they dissolve. Stir in the butter. The mixture will be streaky but become uniform after cooling slightly and stirring.

Allow the sauce to cool for 3 minutes. Gently stir in the vanilla extract.

Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator, at least 3 months.

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21 comments:

Andreea said...

so glad i came across your blog. i love caramel too :)
mind if i will link to you?

LyB said...

Andreea - I don't mind at all, in fact I just linked to you too :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Yummy caramel! That top photo is gorgeous!

A. Grace said...

this is one instance where i'd lick the whisk, bowl, spoon, knife, and jar clean and not let a speck go to waste. deeeeelicious!

Ginny said...

I really want a bite! I love the photographs!

Amy said...

I adore caramel, in all its ooey gooey sticky glory. Love your photos, especially the last one with it oozing off the knife!

Kevin said...

Those photos looks so good. I can't wait to try making some caramel sauce.

Shirley said...

Caramel is one of my favorites. I'd always eaten it on ice cream, but having it on toast sounds great.

Shirley said...

Caramel is one of my favorites. I'd always eaten it on ice cream, but having it on toast sounds great.

Christima said...

I've been looking for a recipe just like this for MONTHS so in can put it in my coffee! Will try it out ASAP. :)

Anonymous said...

how is the consistency of this caramel? would you say that it is good/safe to use on top of a cookie (read: it will stay up on the cookie, and not keep on drizzling down)?

thanks.
:)

p.s. the photos make me want to bust out the ingredients right now

LyB said...

Lynn - Thank you so much! I took so many photos that day I wasn't sure which one was good anymore, it was all a blur!

A. Grace - LOL! Thank you!

Ginny - Thank you, wish I could send you some! :)

Amy - Caramel is the best!

Kevin - I'm sure you'll find a good use for it!

Shirley - It's the best way to wake up!

Christima - Let me know how it goes!

Anonymous - At room temperature it's quite soft so I'm not sure it would stay put on a cookie. Sorry!

Brilynn said...

I love the caramel, but it does not love me!

LyB said...

Aaaw, Brilynn, you gotta try this one, I promise, it's worth it! :)

Aimée said...

Love the photo. Good luck!

Amy said...

Can I lick that whisk? :) Yummmy!

Gigi said...

Caramel-icious photos! I want to make a batch so bad. Maybe this weekend. Great entry for click and the caramel looks delicious!

Tartelette said...

You can't ever never ever go wrong with caramel sauce :)

LyB said...

Aimée - Thank you so much!

Amy - The whisk has been licked and the caramel is all gone, I'll have to make some more! :)

Gigi - Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoy the caramel!

Helen - I agree 100%!

nicisme said...

Great photo, and the caramel is wonderful - perfect for ice cream!

LyB said...

Nic, that caramel is so good, you wouldn't believe it! Warmed up a few seconds in the microwave, it is perfect for ice cream, chocolate cake, vanilla cake, anything you can think of!