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The Ultimate Dessert Sauce: Homemade Sea Salt Caramel

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The crowning glory to many desserts, quite obviously, is a dessert sauce. Depending on your age, you have probably topped a dessert or two with the sauces bought at your local market, most often made from Kraft or Smuckers. Typical processed crap made with chemicals and fake flavoring. This is rather sad when you consider the fact that making your own sauce is not only easy and fun, but can save you quite a bit of money.

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One of the most popular dessert sauces today is Sea Salt Caramel. It is lush, creamy, rich and perfectly sweetened. It is also extremely easy to make at home and there is no need for a candy thermometer. When you make this dessert sauce (or any other) you will want to cook it in a heavy saucepan to achieve proper and even heating.

You can refrigerate the sauce is you want it even thicker.

Ingredients needed to make Homemade Sea Salt Caramel (makes about 2 cups):

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbs. corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Steps:

  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add the sugar, salt, water and corn syrup and stir until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear.
  2. Continue cooking and stirring until the liquid turns amber in color, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the cream and butter until you have a smooth sauce.
  4. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before using. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

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