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Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1998


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon


  1. Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a 2-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Without stirring, cook mixture until dark amber in color, swirling the pan carefully while cooking, about 20 minutes.

  2. Reduce the heat to low. Slowly add cream, stirring with a wooden spoon. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the pan, and add the pod. Add lemon juice, butter, and bourbon. Stir to combine.

  3. Cover, and store, refrigerated, up to 1 week. Bring sauce to room temperature, or warm over low heat, before using.

Reviews (7)

  • PastryPimp 14 Dec, 2010

    You could 'freeze' it if you wish, but something with that much sugar in it won't technically freeze at all. But like Bunks 98 says, frozen past 1 week and it's gonna be grainy when thawed. You could add a tbsp of corn syrup or glucose to extend it's life past 1 week but don't expect miracles- maybe 3 more days. Because this has cream in it, don't take chances. Make it as you need it. xxx

  • dianapie 27 Aug, 2010

    Is this just a spot for reviews and comments. Does anyone answer the questions posted?

  • bunks98 10 Dec, 2009

    Your sugars would crystallize, not making it as smooth as it would be when you first make it.

  • jamielplant 19 Dec, 2008

    Is this sauce truly only good for one week? I was hoping to give it as holiday gifts and make in advance...Any suggestions?

  • btschmidt 6 Dec, 2008

    Pegasus505 -- This makes 2 cups as stated. I would think that the jars pictured are looking to be 8 oz. jelly jars, so this recipe would make 2 of these size jars. The picture shows both a metal and wooden spoon, so I would think one could use any type of spoon you desire to give as a gift.

  • Pegasus505 5 Dec, 2008

    I'd like to know the answer to gomango's question re freezing. Is the answer posted at this site or at another place on the website.

    Also, I do not se any information on the packaging of the gifts. What kind of spoon ; how many jars it makes, and how much syrup per jar.

  • gomango 13 Dec, 2007

    Can this be frozen until used then thawed to room temperature? Would it last longer this way?

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