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An opened glass jar with salted caramel sauce on a wooden serving board with silver spoons and flaky salt.

Salted caramel

This easy salted caramel recipe doesn't require a candy thermometer and can be successfully made at home. Use it as a topping for your pancakes or ice cream, fill your chocolate muffins or cake with it, or drizzle some on top of your apple pie, cookies, or your morning granola bowl.
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Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Caramel sauce, Toppings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Anna

Equipment

  • Digital kitchen scale

Ingredients

  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 50 ml water
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 150 ml heavy cream
  • 50 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • Add the sugar, water and lemon juice into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix until it resembles wet sand, and place it on your stovetop. Let the sugar melt and caramelize to a deep amber color over medium high heat.
  • Meanwhile, pour the heavy cream into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until hot, but not boiling.
  • When the sugar syrup has caramelized, pour in the hot heavy cream (do it in 2-3 batches to prevent the mixture bubble too much). Whisk vigorously until fully incorporated.
  • Remove from the heat and add the butter. Whisk vigorously until completely incorporated.
  • Add the salt and vanilla extract and whisk.
  • Use right away or pour into a clean, dry mason jar and store for future use.

Notes

Store it in a clean air-tight jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freeze for up to 3 months. Before using, thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Salted caramel
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
166
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
31
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
123
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
14
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
20
g
22
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
345
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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