There is nothing better over ice cream. Keep in mind I’m not an out-of-her-mind chocolate fan. I like chocolate and all, but if there’s a vanilla or fruit or caramel or nut alternative, I’ll take that.
This salted caramel sauce is so, so good. I made it to go on a turtle pie, and I’ve been consuming the leftovers steadily. For those of you who must have chocolate, I bet this would be good alongside hot fudge sauce for a kind of one-two punch situation.
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 tablespoons butter, in pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- generous pinch kosher salt
In a heavy-duty saucepan that’s bigger than what you’d think you’d need (seriously, err on the side of large), dissolve the sugar in the water over medium-high heat. Once it’s dissolved, stop stirring. Just let it boil, swirling the pan occasionally, and brushing down the sides now and then with a water-moistened brush.
Once the sugar is a nice medium amber, remove it from the heat. Add the butter and stir until it’s fully melted. Pour in the cream, watch it bubble up like crazy, and stir with a whisk until it’s smooth and uniform. Add the kosher salt and stir some more. Don’t lick any utensils, no matter how much you want to, because this stuff is HOT and you will regret it so deeply.
The sauce will thicken as it cools. I suppose it will keep in the fridge for a while, though it never lasts very lost.