Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lesson #80: Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce is heads and tails above the store bought version. This sauce is AMAZING! The first step is to carefully melt sugar in the bottom of a saucepan. When the sugar melts and turns a deep amber color, heavy cream is mixed in with the seeds of a vanilla bean. The last step is to cook the caramel on low heat until the sugar melts and the sauce is completely smooth.

One helpful tip is that this sauce requires a careful eye and a little patience. If you caramelize the sugar too much it turns into a burnt mess. If you don't let it caramelize enough it doesn't taste like caramel (it's like honey instead). The love that you put into this sauce pays off in when you taste the finished product. It's rich & creamy, sweet & salty, and smooth & silky. This sauce just makes your day a thousand times better!

LESSON LEARNED: Patience is the key to perfecting caramel sauce.

Recipe for Homemade Caramel Sauce

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