Fall is in the air my friends, can you feel it?
Seasons are funny here in SF. For most of the summer it was cold enough to wear my favorite fall outfits. This upcoming weekend it will finally be hot enough to wear my summer clothes in the city. But unlike the weather, the flavors of fall are upon us and I couldn’t be more excited! Although I’m always sad to have my last ripe peach or dark red cherry, I always look forward to the warm, spicy and rich tastes of baked goods during the fall and holiday season.
Salted caramel is one of those flavors that I always look forward to. While it can taste almost too rich during hot summer months, salted caramel is perfectly comforting on cold days and pairs well with the produce and spices that come with fall. This salted caramel sauce is an easy recipe that you’ll want to keep on hand during the upcoming season to use in all of your favorite baked goods. Drizzle this on apple pies or pear cobblers, pour over vanilla ice cream or your favorite brownies, or use as a dip for fresh fruit or pretzels.
Both the ingredient list and cooking time for this recipe are short so don’t worry about needing to make this days ahead of use. Once completely cooled the caramel will firm up. Simply heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften and enjoy!
- Measure out all your ingredients into small bowls or containers. If you have cold heavy whipping cream, warm slightly by heating in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the sugar without stirring. The sugar will begin to melt and dissolve into a deep amber colored syrup. If uneven cooking or coloring occurs, swirl the saucepan gently to distribute the heat. Be careful not to burn.
- Once the sugar has completely dissolved immediately add the butter. Stir constantly until completely dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
- Continue stirring and slowly pour in the heavy whipping cream. Let the mixture come to a frothy boil for about a minute and then remove from heat.
- Stir in salt, vanilla and any desired additional flavors such as whiskey or spices. Pour into a jar or container and let cool to room temperature before using.