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Caramel Sauce

Apples with Caramel Sauce

Apples have been on my mind recently and one thing led to another and I soon found myself thinking about caramel sauce or rather apples drenched in caramel sauce. Apples and caramel are a classic flavour combo and with good reason. I have made caramel sauce a few times but always as a part of a larger recipe and this time I wanted to make it to use as a condiment, or to just eat it by the spoonful. Caramel sauce is pretty simple in concept; you just heat sugar until it turns a nice golden brown. The trouble is that it can quickly go from a nice golden brown to burnt. There seems to be two main ways to make caramel sauce, a dry method and a wet method. With the dry method you heat the sugar until it melts and with the wet method you dissolve the sugar into something wet, like water and then heat it. I found this recipe for a wet caramel sauce on epicurious which sounded pretty easy and good.

The caramel sauce turned out really well! I got it off the stove and cooled it down with the cream after it had turned a nice amber colour but before it burned. Waiting for it to cool was like an eternity but it was well worth it in the end. The caramel sauce was so good! I enjoyed it on some honey crisp apple slices and then I enjoyed cleaning out the pan as well as I could with my fingers. My only problem with this recipe is that it does not make much and it will not last long. I will definitely be making this caramel sauce again. I was thinking that it might be nice to experiment with different flavours in the caramel like salt or vanilla bean.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (optional)

Directions:
1. Mix the sugar and water in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil over medium heat and let simmer until it turns a medium amber colour.
2. Remove from heat, carefully pour in the heavy cream and stir the mixture until it is smooth, returning to heat to melt and lumps that may have formed.
3. Stir in the butter, allow to cool for a few minutes and stir in the vanilla extract and salt if using.

Similar Recipes:
Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Blueberry Caramel Sauce
Dulce de Leche
Vietnamese Caramel Sauce

Use in:
Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Fritters in Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Vanilla Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Cinnamon Role Pancakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
Rolo Cheesecake Bars
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
Apple Crisp Pizza with Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Parfait with Gingersnap Pecan Streusel
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich (with Bacon)

Caramel Sauce Dripping from Knife

85 comments:

Heather said...

oh my gosh! i disappeared for a few days and you posted like 100 amazing recipes! they all look so good! do you do delivery?! ;) I want every single one of those pizzas!! this caramel sauce looks really, really good, too. i love apples with caramel - and the pictures are gorgeous!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

this is awesome Kevin! Seriously, I haven't tried the apple-caramel combination before... I so have to!

Maris said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! This looks so delicious and rich. I like caramel but I'm on SUCH an apple kick this year.

Allie said...

It looks delicious, Kevin!

Alton Brown also has a really appetising-looking recipe for caramel sauce I've been wanting to try. It says it lasts a week.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/banana-splitsville-recipe2/index.html

Of course, as another standby, you can always dip the apples in honey. I was addicted to that treat for a while.

Bridgett said...

I love making caramel. This is one of my favorite indulgent snacks.

Pearlsofeast said...

Awesome and nice click.

Amber said...

Love caramel sauce, love it. And the short canning jars are way cute and I love the autumn plate for this. Interiors is my first love, can you tell, hence the table setting luncheon every year. Honey crisp apples are sooo good but really expensive, $2.99 per pound. But everything is high this year. Do you think you could create a sandwich with caramel? That is a good challenge. I'll be watching.

Mindy said...

Wonderful! I was looking for a recipe for caramel sauce just yesterday. I look forward to trying this.

MaryBeth said...

Wonderful pictures. I love honey crisp apples and we only get them in Oregon for a very short period of time. They go great with caramel sauce.

Bridget said...

Oh, awesome. I have some extra caramel in the fridge right now, and I didn't know what to do with it. Apples! Of course!

Natashya said...

Not too many men making their own caramel sauce. You are a catch!
I made some this year for the first time, a recipe similar to yours.
Love honey crisp too, we are near Algoma and pick them up there.
Beautiful photo, lovely lighting.

ttfn300 said...

my heart's a flutter! but i doubt i would be able to control myself around this :)

kamailesfood said...

This looks sinfully delicious. I love caramel and apples.

Manggy said...

Wow! Do try it with salt-- it's fantastic :)

Elra said...

Kevin, this is such a sweet treat, apples and caramel are so perfect combination. Hmmm, delicious!

cindy* said...

salt only makes caramel better. do try it. this looks so yummy and perfect for fall.

Pam said...

Beautiful. My sister is a huge fan of caramel sauce with apples - it looks so good. Great photo.

Cakebrain said...

Lovely looking caramel sauce! I love it on vanilla bean ice cream! The drips look very appealing...

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow with this caramel sauce, i will probably start loving apples ^_^

Marie said...

Seriously delicious looking Kevin. I wish you lived closer. You cook the best food, and I'd be angling for a dinner invite!

redforever said...

If you want to experiment adding other ingredients, chopped toasted pecans carries this to a whole different level. Then you have a praline sauce.

Beachlover said...

thanks for sharing your wonderful caramel sc recipe:)0

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I like the fact that the only problem with this sauce is that it doesn't last long! That's a GOOD THING, 'cos then you just have to make some more...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Really awesome! Caramel sauce, now that's scrumptious! A delightful combo, wow!

Cheers,

Rosa

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Caramel porn at its best I would say, lol! That's more or less my recipe for caramel sauce and it's delicious! I must dip apples in it too!

Happy cook said...

This is the best caramel sauce i have ever seen in my whole life. Really they looks so delicious. I am sure going to make them. The will be excelent with ice cream too.
And i woudn''t get a chance to lick to pot or the spoon as my daughter will be waiting there like a hawk to do it :-)

mikky said...

i just love your sauce... so deliciously sinful... thanks for sharing, kevin... :)

Jo. said...

OMG, This is so very goood. So simple but soooo goood.

OhioMom said...

Oh thank you for finding this easy recipe, I love caramel sauce. When we were children Mom would make a pot and we would dip apples and then roll in nuts.

Thanks for the memory :)

Dana McCauley said...

I love caramel sauce on apples, ice cream, my finger, a spoon - it's a little bit too good!

Debbie said...

I have tons of apples around here again so this is perfect right now. I'm sure my son will love this!

VeggieGirl said...

EPITOME of lusciousness. Oh my.

HoneyB said...

Absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want caramel now!

Darius T. Williams said...

This sauce looks great - nice color and I'm loving the texture of it!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Always a fun thing to have handy, whether it be for dipping, topping off ice cream, or whatever. Great photo

tigerfish said...

It is quite an indulgence huh ? ;P

emily said...

THANK YOU! This is perfect. I am making a spice cake today and was wanting to make a caramel sauce to top it off.

Lisa said...

I love homemade caramel sauce.

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

You had me at "eat it by the spoonful"

Maria said...

That dripping caramel is making me mad!! I want to lick it up now!! What a yummy fall treat!

CECIL said...

I love your photos and presentation, Kevin! It's so like magazine shots. Before I came to N.America, I did not even know there is such thing ' apples dip in caramel' Pretty sad, huh? :) Then my host sister got me hooked.

Katie said...

That picture is making me want to lick my screen.

Lori said...

Love that last picture. It is so provocative.

s said...

the picture is fantastic; no exlusion of any of caramel's messy, sticky, syrupy sweet goodness!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I would enjoy dipping this carmel just the way you did with a honey crisp apple! Love those thick drips!

Dee said...

I saw your photo on tastespotting and it looked fabulous! I just made some salted butter caramel and it was brilliant on everything (the SBC popcorn was delish!). Must keep this recipe in mind for when I run out.

Sandie said...

Caramel, in any form, is fantastic. Love the photos with this post!

Marysol said...

Kevin, apples and caramel are always on my mind, particularly this time of year. And your pictures are teasing my taste buds.

Deborah said...

Caramel and apples are a perfect combo!

bird's eye view said...

I love your blog, and I seriously want you to come and be my best friend and invite me over for dinner every night! It always looks great!

Cheryl said...

That looks amazing, the photos blow me away!

Jacque said...

Hurray for you! Making perfect caramel is (I think) no small feat.

Looks like you've done just that!

Karen said...

Looks delicious - your photographs are amazing!

Holler said...

This is a great Guy Fawkes night dish!

Katrina said...

The caramel looks drippingly delicious. Love caramel with apples!

Kristen said...

love your photos and ideas!

Paula said...

Oh this is lovely! I laughed when you mentioned cleaning out the pan with your fingers! We're seeing more and more of your personality in your posts! This sauce would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving menus that your blog fans from the U.S. will be preparing for soon! YUM!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

My husband, who has a wicked sweet tooth, loves any kind of caramel (yes, crunchy salt would be a great addition); I'm passing this recipe on to him.

Jeanine said...

Oops, I nearly licked my screen. That caramel sauce looks awesome, Kevin! Wow!

Dawn said...

I saw your fabulous pic on Tastespotting!
If you ever see McCoun apples, try them! Sooooo good.

Passionate About Baking said...

Finger-licking good Kevin...I love this sugar overdose! Gorgoeus pictures too!

TBC said...

I've not yet had a chance to try out the caramel-apple combination but it sounds wonderful.
I *love* the 2nd pic, Kevin.

Helene said...

Beautiful! It's so hard to make the perfect caramel sauce. You're doing so good with your recipes.

Rosie said...

Oh my goodness Kevin this is awesome!

Rosie x

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great pics!

EAT! said...

I made caramel sauce for the first time last week - I will never go back to anything else. It was so easy and so much more delicious!!

meeso said...

That's a great recipe! Looks so good with the apples!

Pat said...

I just made your sauce. It is amazingly easy, rich, and delicious. I used whipping cream instead of heavy cream because I had it. No problem with that. I also used a whisk instead of a wooden spoon, which worked fine.
Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

Lisa said...

I've been at the computer less this past week and so missed this stunning recipe. I could easily eat this by the spoonful!

Jeanne said...

Holy guacamole, look at that. I haven't made caramel sauce in years but now I think I will have to! I had my first honeycrisp apple in Chicago last month and now I think I'm in love...

Jaime said...

one of my favorite things in the world is caramel!!! this looks wonderful, esp w/the sliced apples

Arfi Binsted said...

caramel!! although it is too sweet for my taste, i just love caramel bars hehehe...

MelBell said...

Just made this to serve with your vanilla apple crisp tonight. The sauce is fantastic. And so easy. No reason to spend the money on ready-made stuff when this is superior in every way.

Megan said...

What a very delectable caramel sauce for my apples tonight!!! Thank you so much for your delectable recipe!!!

Anonymous said...

What would be the difference between caramel sauce and dulce de leche?

I know the differences in how they're prepared, but when would you use caramel sauce and when would you use dulce de leche?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I would say that in a lot of cases dulce de leche and caramel sauce are interchangeable. I have only just started getting into dulce de leche and I have a lot more experimentation to do with it! :)

Anonymous said...

So what is the wet method? I want to be able, to dip something into the caramel. Can this be done with the dry method? I hope.

Mr. Piemaker said...

How do I make caramel? I want to be able to dip something into it, or even pour it on something.

Kevin said...

Anonymous & Mr. Piemaker: This recipe is for the wet method and for the dry method, simply omit the water and syrup. Both methods will yield caramel sauce that you can dip or pour. When it comes out of the fridge it will be fairly solid but at room temperature it will be dip-able and at a slightly warmer temperature you can easily pour it.

Jesmyn Hibbard said...

I have tried this recipe twice and have never achieved the color in the picture. What could I be doing wrong? I have waited two different amount of times to have the sugar mixture turn into this amber color. Neither times have I achieved it. This last time my mixture got pretty thick from the wait with no change in color at all. The first time I made it I used light corn syrup so I thought that could have been the problem...this time I used the dark one and the color changed by only a couple of shades. Please help or I might give up on this one. :D

Kevin said...

Jesmyn Hibbard: All of the colour is going to come from simmering the sugar before adding the cream. You want to keep simmering it until it turns a mid to dark amber and then add the cream. What colour are you getting when you make it?

Jesmyn Hibbard said...

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i49/Jesmyn/caramelsauce.jpg

I think if you copy and paste, or maybe just click on the above link it will show you a picture of mine.
Thank you for your help.

Kevin said...

Jesmyn Hibbard: Let it simmer in the pan longer and get darker before adding the cream.

Sarah Aberman said...

How many cups of caramel sauce does this recipe yield? I'm planning on making it with your vanilla apple crisp recipe (which calls for 3 cups of this bad boy) and you say this recipe doesn't make much. Should I double the recipe? Triple it ? Thanx!

Kevin said...

Sarah Aberman: This recipe makes 1 cup caramel sauce which should be enough for the vanilla apple crisp. Enjoy!

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