Last week we tried to make caramel sauce and it was a complete disaster! It was so bad it went right into the garbage, yes it was that bad!
I needed the caramel sauce for a my Toffee Cheesecake. I did buy a container of caramel sauce at the store, just in case, but I just could not bring my self to use it. I mean, I put all that time and effort into making a homemade cheesecake, why would I go the easy route and use mediocre caramel sauce? That would be like getting a brand new car only to bring it home and paint it with a roller brush, not gunna happen!
I am determined to find something, at this point, at least edible!
As with everything there are a million recipes all claiming to be the best! Baking is very personal, it all comes down to personal taste preference and memories. You could have 10 people each with a very different idea of what a chocolate cake, butter tart or anything should taste like. Most often if it isn’t like the ones they had growing up, perhaps family recipes, it just wont cut it. I am very much one of those people, I will admit. I think things should taste and be done a certain way or I don’t like it. Dessert is something you should take time to enjoy. If I am going to indulge I want to truly enjoy it. If it’s just ok, I will probably pass.
As much as we like to stick to what we know, it is good to be daring and try new things, you just may find a new favourite!
I found this caramel recipe on the Food Network, by Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman. She has some great recipes.
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup cream
4 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
1. Combine brown sugar, cream, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. (I miss read the instructions and only but cream and sugar in)
2. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker.
(I now reread the instructions to find out when to add butter and salt, only to find out I was supposed to add it all at the same time! I quickly threw it in and hoped for the best)
*2, continued. Still on step #2, the butter may have cooled it down, or just takes longer on each stove, but I am up to about 20 minutes of warming and string to get it thicker
3. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar.
Refrigerate until cold.
The next day….
Oh my goodness – Look at that!
Creamy, smooth and thick!
OH. MY.GOODNESS! This is fabulous!
THIS is delicious! It is so smooth, very creamy and delightfully sweet! I will never buy caramel again, this is my new go to caramel sauce. I made it to drizzle on the Toffee Cheesecake I made, but seriously it is good enough to eat with a spoon! I kept going to the fridge to ‘stir’ the sauce, just so I could lick the spoon.
The possibilities are endless for this sauce. It would be fantastic just over ice cream, on a brownie an apple crisp, dipping apples or heck as I said, just have a spoon of it!
Thank you Ree for such a wonderful recipe!