This fool proof homemade salted caramel recipe is so easy to make and only uses 5 ingredients.
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 6 tbsp (90g) unsalted butter, room temp and cut into cubs
- 1/2 cup (110ml) heavy cream, room temp
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- First, make sure your butter and cream are at room temperature. This is very important!
- Measure out all of your ingredients and set them next to your stovetop.
- In a medium saucepan, add the sugar and melt down over medium heat. If your burner takes a long time to heat up and doesn’t get too hot, melt over medium-high heat.
- Whisk occasionally at first, as it will take about 5 minutes to see any changes in the sugar. As clumps start to form, whisk constantly until it’s completely melted down (about 15-20 minutes).
- Once melted, it should be golden in color. Stop whisking and allow it to caramelize and darken. It will only take 1-2 minutes for it to turn a rich amber color. Don’t step away from the stove as this happens quickly.
- Take the pot off the burner and quickly whisk in the butter all at once. Whisk for about 30 seconds (it may not fully combine and that’s OK).
- Quickly pour in the heavy cream and whisk again. Keep whisking until it’s smooth and fluid. *if yours clumps up, see my notes in the post about troubleshooting your caramel.
- Finally, whisk in the vanilla and sea salt.
- Pour into a glass jar (it will be very thin at this point) and allow it too cool uncovered at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Cover and transfer to the fridge where it will last for up to 2 weeks. The caramel will thicken quite a bit once chilled, so warm it for about 15-30 seconds in the microwave to get the consistency seen in the images here.
- See just above this recipe card for all of my salted caramel dessert recipes to put your homemade caramel to good use!
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