Caramel Sauce

If you need the quintessential caramel sauce to top your ice cream sundae, look no further.  This Dorie Greenspan concoction is perfect.  Trust me.  I’ve added vanilla, but otherwise it is pure Dorie genius.  You can use this exquisite caramel in Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples or Brookies with Caramel and Oreos or savor every delicious nuance over plain vanilla ice cream. There is no need for a candy thermometer, just some careful attention. In less than 30 minutes, you can have a  cup of amazing caramel. 

A couple hints:

Though the corn syrup will help prevent re-crystallization, try to avoid getting sugar granules on the sides of the pan.

Do not stir the caramel while bringing it up to temperature. You may swirl the liquid in the pan to avoid overheating one area of its contents.

Once the liquid turns amber, lower the heat immediately and add the cream. If you wait even a few extra seconds, your caramel could burn.

Liquid caramel is VERY hot. Do not taste till it cools a bit.

Caramel Sauce…adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put the sugar, water and corn syrup into a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium high heat, swirling the pan, but not stirring until the caramel turns an amber color.
Lower the heat and carefully add cream and butter…standing away from pan to avoid splattering.  When bubbling subsides, stir sauce till smooth.  Add vanilla.  Pour into heatproof jar (I use a Pyrex measuring cup).  Cool to warm or room temperature before serving.

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Comments

  1. This looks decadent and rich – I can almost feel the flavours bursting on the palette;-)

  2. love caramel!

  3. I make caramel sauce like this for pancakes and love it over that and fresh apples! This one sounds close to mine, it looks divine!

  4. wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty..
    love d cliks dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  5. yum–Stonewall Kitchen’s decadent and delicious Coffee Caramel Sauce has inspired me to make my own version. Thanks for sharing yours.

  6. Your caramel sauce looks amazing. And I love the pastry-wrapped apple – so beautiful!

  7. This is a great recipe for caramel sauce. I have tried making sauce before and have thought that it was difficult getting the cook time right. You however have sailed through with wonderful results-telling me I should try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I don’t need anything to pour it on. It’ll go directly from cup to mouth. Caramel is my chocolate.

  9. This look heavenly dear Lizzy! gloria

  10. This caramel sauce loos amazingly full of flavor!
    Tq for sharing the recipe lizzy, now as u said… I don’t have to seach another caramel sauce again! ;)

  11. Lizzy,
    I like the new look on your blog! Caramel sauce is so versatile, and so good on chocolate or apples. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ciao!!!
    Un’idea golosa, irresistibile!!!
    Felice settimana!!!

  13. This has been bookmarked! I would love to taste the homemade, probably so, so, SO much better than store bought!
    Oh, Lizzy, your first line, ” If you need the quintessential caramel sauce to top your ice cream sundae, look no further.”, had me literally laughing out loud because the person saying it in my head was Stefan (Bill Hader) from SNL. You started my morning out right, girl!
    Enjoy your day!

  14. This caramel sauce is one of it that I need to learn to make, its a lovely topping as drizzled on top of the ice-cream and other desserts too.

    Thank you for sharing Lizzy.

  15. Btw, I like the new heading of your blog and the color contrast too, nice.

  16. That looks amazing! I love caramel sauce on ice cream, bread pudding… well almost anything. :)

  17. I’ll just take that pitcher by itself!!! My goodness…there’s just something about caramel, isn’t there? Looks amazing!

  18. Looks delicious! I love all the ways you’ve used it.

  19. I love making caramel sauce. Something about watching the ingredients transform just mesmerizes me!

  20. You have a real beutiful blog! :) And a love caramel so much! grat recipe!

  21. Yummy. Especially over ice-cream!!

  22. Oooooh!! Yummy looking caramel , it looks divine , heavenly , I have to make this .

  23. LOVE Caramel…..
    This looks stunning….
    Specially over ice cream…..

  24. that looks really gooood

  25. Delicious!!! Also Lizzy, I LOVE that ice cream bowl!!

  26. You had me at caramel sauce. I am loving the new digs. Thanks for sharing,

  27. it looks so amazing!

  28. I think everyone should ALWAYS have caramel sauce at home. It elevates any dessert to a new level. Delicious recipe!

  29. I’m going to copy-paste this recipe….it’s fantastic…. hugs, Flavia

  30. I’m 100% all about it! Delicious. :-P

  31. I would, quite happily, pour this into my mouth on its own. What a classic.

  32. Thanks for this. I’ve always wanted to attempt caramel sauce.

  33. Delectable as always..& who is this Dorie? I’ll have to look her up!

  34. Yummy sauce, it looks divine!! Love the oreos like that!!

  35. We literally just went out and bought caramel sauce because I figured it would be too much trouble to make…oy!

  36. This one incredible caramel sauce, Miss Lizzy! Oh and your new blog template is great! Congrats on your Foodbuzz nomination and I will head right on over and vote for you!!!! Way to GO!

  37. You can’t go wrong with a Dorie recipe or caramel sauce for that matter. I’d be pouring this over everything!

  38. mm! Looks great! so many possibilities with this sauce, too!

  39. I’m a big fan of caramel sauce especially on the ice cream,,Yum,,Yum,,great recipe,I will make this soon.
    Ridwan

  40. Lizzy – those opening photos say it all. What could be quintessential autumn and warming at the same time? I know I will splatter and burn myself and know the results will be worth it.

  41. delicious looking caramel sauce desserts looks wonderful

  42. I had caramel the other day – yep, broke my diet royally. Don’t know if you know about this way of making caramel – just boil a can of condensed milk for a couple of hours – watch that the water does not run dry! I think you have to make a hole in the can. In any case, I’ve never done that, but my friend bought some here and I broke down – yikes, it was rich and thick and naughty! Reminds one a bit of Nutella in texture – but a different flavor.

  43. I think everyone needs a classic caramel recipe like this one! It looks perfect, Liz!

  44. It is a necessary item in every icecream loving household! We all need to learn this :)

  45. Caramel is my favorite ice cream topper as well! Love that this is so simple and yet looks so good!

  46. Yummy!!! I get very decadent when this stuff is around. I like putting a splash of lemon in mine…esp when its going to go near an apple.

    Lovely update around here too!

  47. Lizzy, I’m right there with you on caramel sauce being the ultimate topper, and yours look luscious and delightful! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  48. i am still dreaming about your apple, just lacking the time to play in the kitchen, but thrilled to add this recipe too :)

  49. I really need to sit down and go through Dorie’s book more carefully. I’ve seen so many posts lately with her recipes and I’ve had her book for months and in her Friday club but haven’t had the time lately to post anything.

    This caramel sauce sounds wonderful and since I already printed off the recipe a week or so ago for your baked apples in puff pastry I’ll now definitely have to try the two together.

    Beautiful photos and great recipes. Thank you for sharing them.

  50. oh bella i am just marveling over these photos….just gorgeous. I have such a weakness for caramel, and this time of year it is the perfect accompaniment to all harvest-y desserts :) – keep shining sweet bella

  51. Liz…that sauce looks divine! I don’t need anything but a spoon! Okay…and some vanilla ice cream…with maybe a few nuts! I LOVE your bowl…it’s beautiful!

  52. I love how you alternate between complex recipes and simple, still decadent ones. This looks like a great sauce!

  53. I’ve never made caramel sauce. So this is how a great caramel sauce is made! Very interesting! Lots of yummy stuff in there… must be so nice to drizzle over ice cream sundae!

  54. Lizzy – that’s a great recipe! I love caramels and caramel sauce. The ice-cream bowl is stunning….would you be willing to tell me where you got it?

  55. Christine's Pantry says:

    Great recipe!

  56. So this is how caramel sauce is made! I didn’t know it’s actually so easy. lol ;P
    I love caramel top on vanilla ice-cream. *HEAVENLY*
    Checking out your Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples now! ;)

  57. I am dreaming of the many delicious possibilities for this sauce…yum! You make it sound so easy too. Definitely going to have to give this a try!

  58. Thanks, everyone!!! I love reading all your comments!

    Jennifer, I’m actually going to make some caramel crumb bars that use sweetened condensed milk for the caramel layer…they sound SO good! Thanks for the info…it sounds a bit easier to make :)

  59. I don’t know what I crave more right now : the bowl of ice-cream or the wrapped baked apple

  60. It seems easier to make than I thought. Thank you Lizzy.

  61. Who can pass up caramel sauce!!! Blessings, Catherine xo

  62. That looks amazing!! Like AH-mazing!

  63. This looks amazingly delicious. Decadent I would say. :)

  64. That looks just divine!!!!

  65. HEY!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG MAKEOVER!!!!!! AWESOME RECIPE TOO!!!!!!

  66. Is there anything more decadent than homemade caramel sauce?

  67. Everything is better with a little caramel sauce! Looks incredible! :)

  68. I love her caramel sauce!

  69. Rich and decadent! Love the recipe!

  70. I love caramel sauce, and yours look so tasty.. Wonderful pictures Liz and delicious post!!!Buzz ya

  71. That really does look perfect and dangerous.Does it have to be on ice cream, can I not lick it right off the spoon.

  72. Yummm…who doesnt love a good caramel sauce!? Everything is better with caramel!

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