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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce – Deliciously rich and indulgent homemade salted caramel sauce that only requires 5 ingredients to make!

A mason jar half filled with golden salted caramel sauce with drips going down the side on baking tray.

Ever wanted to make your own caramel sauce at home? Well, today I bring you my mouth-watering Salted Caramel Sauce recipe. SO good.

This salted caramel sauce is super quick and easy to make, and only has 5 ingredients – water, sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.

Such few ingredients can make such an indulgent addition to dessert.

You are going to want to drizzle this stuff on everything!

Homemade salted caramel sauce half filling a mason jar with drips going down the side on a baking tray.

How to make Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce:

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • water
  • caster/granulated sugar
  • salt
  • double/heavy cream
  • vanilla extract

To make this Salted Caramel Sauce, simply add the water, sugar and salt to a large saucepan over a medium-high heat, and bring to the boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.

Turn the heat down to medium and allow the mixture to come to a rich, deep amber colour without stirring. Instead, swirl the pan around occasionally to make sure everything is even.

Remove from the heat, then gradually pour in the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the caramel into a heat-proof jar, and you’re done!

Overhead shot of spoon creating ripples in a mason jar full of salted caramel sauce on baking tray.
A small glass bowl filled with homemade salted caramel sauce with spoon dripping with caramel on baking tray.
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Overhead shot of spoon creating ripples in a mason jar full of salted caramel sauce on baking tray.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Deliciously rich and indulgent homemade salted caramel sauce that only requires 5 ingredients to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1 cup (200g) caster/granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water, sugar, and salt. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium and allow the mixture to come to a rich, deep amber colour without stirring. Instead, swirl the pan around occasionally to make sure the mixture caramelizes evenly. (This can take a while. Be patient, and don't be tempted to turn up the heat!)
  3. Remove from the heat and gradually pour in the heavy cream, stirring constantly until combined. Be careful, the caramel will bubble vigorously whilst adding the cream. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the caramel into a heat-proof jar and allow to cool completely before using.

Notes

Caramel sauce will thicken as it cools, and when refrigerated. This caramel can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Warm up to reach desired consistency before use.

Avoid doubling or tripling this recipe. Make in batches instead.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 cup Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1596Total Fat: 86gSaturated Fat: 55gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 269mgSodium: 2186mgCarbohydrates: 207gFiber: 0gSugar: 207gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Tara

Thursday 28th of May 2020

Easy receipe to follow and an amazing result. Thanks

Laura

Friday 1st of May 2020

What is it's shelve life in the refrigerator? Freezer??

Marsha

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

This caramel can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Warm up to reach desired consistency.

Louise

Saturday 7th of March 2020

When I added the cream the mixture went rock solid like a candy is this suppose to happen. I tried this twice

Marsha

Saturday 7th of March 2020

Hi Louise! Sorry this has happened twice now.

The cream is causing the temperatures to crash, solidifying the sugar. You need to add the cream in very slowly while mixing continuously.

You can try heating the cream slightly at least to room temperature. This will prevent the sugar for hardening.

Melissa L.

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

My 12-year-old daughter found your recipe online and has made it twice in the past few days to drizzle on cupcakes and ice cream. I was eating it straight from the bowl. I asked her for the recipe so I can make it myself. It's perfect and easy to make. Thank you!

Lydia

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

This has become a family favorite recipe that I continually return to, SO good! Took me a few bad crystallized batches to understand that the “no stirring just swirling” rule is absolutely essential, now that I follow it religiously this recipe is foolproof! Thank you!

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