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Caramel Sauce

Caramel is sugar that has been taken just to the edge of burning. Caramel's color reveals the extent to which it is cooked. The palest form is just concentrated sugar syrup. The next stage is golden, followed by amber and dark.

  • yield: Makes enough for 1 cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April/May Spring 2006

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Reviews (8)

  • 24 Nov, 2013

    excellent and easy caramel sauce recipe. I would add that I cooked the brown sugar and butter until sugar was liquid and starting to boil. removed from heat and added milk, returned to heat and boiled stirring constantly for 6 min. Removed from heat and added vanilla then returned to heat for 1 more minute. It was perfect!

  • 14 Oct, 2013

    I just made this and it is so delicious! I used sugar in the raw. I halved the recipe due to the ingredients I had available. It's my first time making anything caramel, and this came out perfect. I added sliced apples which were seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. Then I made a crumble. I buttered muffin tins and added the apple and then the crumble. I put a little crumble on the bottom. Just a sprinkle as a trial and error. It's in the oven now. It looks and smells yummy. Thank you Martha!!

  • 12 Jul, 2013

    This is a simple to make but good tasting sauce.

  • 2 Apr, 2013

    I made your caramel sauce it was awesome tasked great but the texture was gritty I made caramel nut clusters how can I make it so it is smooth

  • 3 Jul, 2012

    I cannot have milk products. I substituted coconut milk from carton (not the canned stuff) for the condensed milk (half of it was coconut unflavored creamer) and olivia coconut spread for the unsalted butter.... YUMMY

  • 16 Oct, 2009

    I drizzled this over an apple cream cheese tart and it's wonderful.

  • 24 Oct, 2008

    would melted soft caramel candy work the same as caramel sauce?

  • 7 Nov, 2007

    Very good. Easy to make.