Halloween Needs Caramel Apples
Tart crispy apples dipped in a rich, and buttery caramel sauce is something that I used to love to eat in college. I used to buy those cups of caramel at the grocery store and eat a few apples while dipping them into the sugary deliciousness.
This brown butter salted caramel is entirely next level. If you’ve never made a homemade caramel sauce, you need to give it a try. It’s not as hard as it sounds.
Don’t let fear keep you from making this caramel.
If eating this rich buttery caramel sauce on apples isn’t decadent enough you can try one of our other caramel laden recipes like my Grandma Sisson’s apple dumpling recipe. Her apple dumplings are both simple and really tasty. Topping them off with some ice cream and this caramel sauce is all you need for a heart warming comfort-dessert fest.
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Alternatively, you can seriously eat this stuff right out of the jar with a spoon.
I recently discovered this while hosting a dinner party. One of my best friends is super allergic to gluten, and when the dessert course came around, she spotted the jar of caramel sauce that I have made a few days before. She and her husband macked down on the caramel sauce by the spoonful while we ate our gluten-y desserts. I love my friends.
Everyone is officially challenged to whip up some of this stuff. It’s so EASY!!
Caramel Sauce Basics
Just a few things about making a caramel sauce that will ensure you get it right:
- Make sure your pan holds heat evenly.
- Have all of you ingredients pre measured. You need to move fast when the sugar is ready.
- Make sure you are laser focused on your sugar at all times. At first, it seems like things are taking forever. Then you hit that critical 30 seconds where the sugar goes from being not done, to perfectly done, and then to burnt!
- Once the sugar is done, remove it from the heat. Especially if you are using and electric burner. That burner still stays hot for quite a while.
- Do not, under any circumstances stick you finger into the sugar for a taste. Melted sugar is ridiculously hot. It looks delicious and inviting but not can easy give you a second degree burn or worse. Safety first – give it time to cool!
Brown Butter Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Add the sugar to a medium pan.
- Heat on medium-high until it is bubbly and rich amber color. Do not stir. Just watch it closely.
- Add the butter and stir. I use a whisk.
- Add the cream and stir. The mixture will bubble. Stir quickly being careful not to splash.
- Remove the caramel from heat.
- Add the salt and vanilla.