Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Caramel is a quintessential food item that turns up in many desserts, from candies to sauces. Caramel is a term that is applied to any sugar that is cooked with a slightly burnt taste. Whether the dessert recipe is a sticky caramel candy, crisp peanut brittle, or drizzly caramel sauce, the word caramel can be applied. The real difference between these sweet items is the type and proportion of ingredients, as well as the temperature the caramel is being cooked too. A brittle will consist mainly of sugar and corn syrup, and be cooked to a high temperature so that it will set into a crisp texture. A caramel sauce, on the other hand, will be cooked just until the caramel turns amber, and has a substantial amount of cream and butter added so that the caramel will be saucy. This easy homemade caramel sauce recipe will show you the perfect way to make a sauce that will be perfect for drizzling on your ice cream desserts or dipping fruit in when you aren’t sure if you want a healthy or sinful snack.

Caramelization at its simplest is the removal of moisture from an item, which allows the sugars to emerge and turn the food golden. This process happens in foods that contain natural sugars, just as much as in recipes that contain granulated sugar. For example, caramelized onion recipes involve cooking onions for a long process, until their juices come out and evaporate, which allow the onions to turn golden and the natural sugars to emerge. The process of this easy caramel sauce is much faster since you shouldn’t require any more than ten minutes to turn your sugar to a luxurious golden color. When preparing any caramel recipe, the most important thing to remember is to cook it in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, because it will maintain more even heat, and therefore, cook the sugar more evenly. No matter the caramel recipe, stirring will be required in the early stages, before boiling, dissolve the sugar completely. Once the sugar is dissolved, stirring should stop to prevent the caramel from crystallizing. Sugar granules have a habit of connecting to other sugar granules, which means that there is always the potential of them massing together into a sugar cake rather than a sauce. Allowing your caramel recipe to sit and simmer until it changes color is the best way to ensure a perfect sauce every time. As an extra step in preventing crystallization, you could also brush the sides of the pot with cold water while your sauce recipe simmers.

Nutrition Facts for: Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce from Center Cut Cook

Ingredients: Granulated sugar, unsalted butter, heavy cream.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for One Full recipe which makes One Large Jar of Sauce.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 3136, Calories from Fat 1643,Total Fat 182.6g 281%, Saturated Fat 115.2g 576%, Cholesterol 531mg 177%, Sodium 1027mg 43%, Potassium 131mg 4%, Carbohydrates 403.5g 134%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 400.2g, Protein 3.9g, Vitamin A 120%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 12%, Iron 1%

This caramel sauce recipe is sweet and buttery, which makes it the perfect item to include in all your desserts. Consider having an ice cream bar at your next backyard get-together, where this sauce will be generously drizzled over ice cream. Alternatively, add some toasted chopped nuts, like pecans, and pour it over chocolate cheesecake. You could even create a salted caramel recipe by adding some good quality flaked salt to your sauce at the end of cooking. Thank you to Nicky, an author at ‘Center Cut Cook’ recipe blog, for sharing her easy homemade caramel sauce recipe with us.

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