Thursday, October 12, 2006
Such simple ingredients make a rich, smooth caramel sauce in under 15 minutes.
1 cup of sugar
6 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Before making the caramel sauce, gather the measured ingredients and have them ready to go. Once the sugar begins to caramelize, you have to move quickly!
Pour the sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, at least 2-3 quarts - trust me. Over high heat, melt the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the crystals have dissolved into a dark amber liquid, add the butter. Be careful! It will bubble up and can burn you if you're not carefule. Continue to stir or whisk until well-mixed.
Once the butter has melted, remove the pan from the heat. Add the cream, being very careful again. Mix well, until smooth and even. Let cool a few minutes, then pour into a glass jar and let sit until room temperature. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serve warm over pies, drizzle over ice cream, or dip your apple slices in it. Whatever you do - do not put a small spoonful in your coffee! It's highly addictive and should only be attempted by those of us who can handle it.