This small batch salted caramel sauce is perfect for occasions when you don't need a lot. This simple, fool-proof recipe does not require a candy thermometer and comes together very quickly. You'll be tempted to make another batch!
What I dislike about making caramel sauce is that 1) it usually makes a huge batch, and 2) most require a candy thermometer. Boo to both. Thankfully, this recipe requires neither. This simple, no-fuss recipe only yields 1 cup of caramel sauce so it's perfect for you to
Small batch salted caramel sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt (or more if you like it extra salty)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the sugar and water together in a deep, heavy bottomed sauce pan.
Turn the heat to medium high and allow the sugar to melt. Do not stir (it's hard, but please resist).
While the sugar is melting, heat the heavy cream in the microwave until it is almost boiling.
Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat to high. The sugar mixture will turn a deep amber color. Watch the sugar carefully, as it will burn easily if you look away for a moment. Feel free to swirl the sauce pan around to allow the sugar to evenly caramelize.
After your sugar has turned a deep amber color, take it off the heat and add in the warmed heavy cream. Watch out - it will bubble vigorously! Then add the butter, salt and vanilla. Whisk until the caramel thickens and is smooth.
Transfer the caramel into a glass container and store at room temperature. It will keep for several weeks.
Yield: About 1 cup
Source: Dessert for Two