Caramel sauce doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s melted sugar and cream, but it’s melted sugar and cream that tastes like heaven on a spoon! I keep my sauce as simple as possible. I often think people run into difficulties making caramel sauce because they are using an electric stove when the recipe is made with a gas stove. I think that a gas stove is helpful because one can control the heat so quickly, which is important in making caramel. That being said, it’s not impossible to make it on an electric stove. In fact that’s all I have in my house since I moved to California. So this recipe includes tips for making caramel on an electric stove.
Simple Caramel Sauce
Homemade caramel sauce with step by step instructions.
Yield: 4-6 servings
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Microwave or heat whipping cream for a few minutes until it is room temperature.
In a large pot stir together the water and sugar. Place pot on low heat. Allow sugar mixture to come to a boil. Do not stir, only "swish " from time to time being careful not to get the sugar mixture up the sides of the pot . Sugar mixture will slowly thicken as the water evaporates. On my electric stove on low heat this process takes about 12 minutes. When sugar mixture is thick it will turn from a light brown to a dark brown in a matter of seconds so watch carefully swishing the pot to keep the sugar browning evenly. I generally like my caramel sauce a rich chestnut brown. As soon as the sugar is the color you like, remove from the heat and add the cream. The cream will bubble up in the pot. Start stirring vigorously. Add in the vanilla and keep stirring. It might feel like the caramel is solid in the bottom of the pot but don't worry keep stirring, returning the pot to low heat if necessary. I find it takes 3-5 minutes of stirring to incorporate all of the caramel with the cream.
Sauce will thicken more as it cools. It will last in the fridge in a tightly sealed jar about 2 weeks - if you don't eat it all!