Coffee’s Dreamy Duet: Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

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There’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of coffee to jumpstart your day. But sometimes, you crave a little something extra – a touch of sweetness, a hint of complexity. That’s where this homemade salted caramel sauce comes in. Rich, decadent, and incredibly easy to make, it’s the perfect way to elevate your coffee experience.

This recipe requires minimal ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes. No fancy equipment needed, just a saucepan, a whisk, and a little patience. So ditch the store-bought syrups and artificial flavors, and whip up this batch of pure, homemade goodness.

Salted Caramel Coffee
Salted Caramel Coffee

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt (or kosher salt)

  • Directions:

    1. Melt the Sugar: In a saucepan over medium heat, add the granulated sugar. Don’t stir! Instead, let the sugar melt on its own. You’ll see it begin to clump around the edges, then gradually melt into a golden liquid. This process takes about 5-7 minutes. Be patient and resist the urge to stir, as this can cause the sugar to crystallize.

    2. Whisk in the Butter: Once the sugar has completely melted and turned a rich amber color (but not burnt!), carefully whisk in the cubed butter. The mixture will bubble vigorously – that’s perfectly normal. Continue whisking until the butter is fully incorporated and the sauce is smooth.

    3. Creamy Perfection: Slowly whisk in the heavy cream. The sauce will seize up a bit, but don’t worry, it will come together. Keep whisking until the sauce is smooth, glossy, and thickened slightly.

    4. Flavor Boost: Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and sea salt. The sea salt adds a beautiful contrast to the sweetness of the caramel, but you can adjust the amount to your taste.

    5. Cool and Store: Let the caramel sauce cool slightly before transferring it to a heat-resistant jar. Once cooled completely, store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximately 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 80mg

  • Serving Suggestions: Drizzle this decadent salted caramel sauce over your morning coffee, latte, or cappuccino. It’s also fantastic over ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, or even apples for a delightful treat.

    Conclusion

    Homemade salted caramel sauce is a delicious and versatile addition to your pantry. It’s surprisingly easy to make and requires minimal ingredients. So ditch the store-bought stuff and impress your taste buds with the rich, complex flavor of this homemade masterpiece.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar?

    Yes, you can substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar in a 1:1 ratio. However, the caramel will have a slightly different flavor profile, with a hint of molasses.

    2. My caramel sauce is too thin. How can I thicken it?

    If your sauce seems too thin after cooling, you can try simmering it back over low heat for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can add a cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with a little water) and whisk it in until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.

    3. My caramel sauce seized up. What went wrong?

    The most likely culprit is that the sugar was overheated. It’s crucial to let the sugar melt on its own without stirring and to remove the pan from the heat as soon as the desired amber color is reached.

    4. Can I make this sauce dairy-free?

    Absolutely! Substitute the heavy cream with your favorite dairy-free alternative like coconut milk or almond milk. Ensure the milk is full-fat for the best results.

    5. How long can I store this sauce?