Caramel is a beige to dark-brown sauce made by heating a variety of sugars with butter and cream. It is the perfect sauce for ice cream, cakes, cheesecakes, as a filling for chocolate cups, or just to eat it straight from the jar with a spoon.
It is easy and fun to make and can be kept in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks (let come to room temperature or warm in the microwave before using).
You only need 3 simple ingredients to make caramel: sugar, butter and cream. The process is quite simple, you just have to be careful, while you are cooking the sugar, because once it is melted it has a very high temperature. Also, when you add the cream, the mixture will foam up, so use a pan with high sides.
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup cream
- 80 gr butter
- A pinch of salt
Note : 1 cup – a standard cup of 240 ml
- Put the sugar in a saucepan with high sides and whisk gently at low heat until it caramelizes (reaches a golden-brown colour). Be careful not to burn the sugar.
- Add butter in chunks and incorporate it slowly. Continue whisking until the mixture gets thicker.
- In the same time, warm cream in another saucepan.
- Add cream and a pinch of salt and mix it very well.
- Let the caramel sauce cool and store it in jar in the fridge for a maximum of 3 weeks.