Salted Caramel Sauce

The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama:

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I’ve been making a butterscotch sauce for awhile, but recently I didn’t have much extra butter (oh no!) and decided that I didn’t want to use what I had on making the butterscotch.  It’s similar to a caramel sauce anyway, so I decided go ahead and actually try to make a caramel sauce instead. The result was something that was thinner and somehow more rich, despite the simpler ingredients, and just so delicious.

My favorite way to serve it is over vanilla ice cream with chopped crispy walnuts.  It’s a wonderful, not-too-sweet evening snack.  Of course, it would be great over cinnamon rolls, any sort of vanilla or apple cake, or really anything you enjoy.  Dream…and try it.


  • 1/4 c. filtered water
  • 3/4 c. sucanat
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. chunky sea salt


In a small saucepan, mix the water and sucanat.  Then, turn it on low-medium heat and stir constantly until the sucanat is completely melted. Stop stirring and turn it down to low, and watch it carefully.  It should be bubbling constantly but not too hard. With the sucanat, it caramelizes quickly, and it’s hard to tell since the mixture is already dark in color.  You will notice that it suddenly turns a shade darker.  Watch it constantly or it will burn! As soon as you see the color darken, remove it from the heat and add the cream all at once.  Stir it together and return it to the heat.  The sugar won’t burn now since the cream is added, and the cream won’t curdle because of the high sugar content. Start boiling it again, over low-medium heat and keep watching it.  It should boil lightly for about 10 minutes. Remove it from the heat and transfer to a glass bowl for storage.  Add the vanilla and sea salt and stir together. Chill before serving.  It will thicken somewhat once chilled, but still be very runny.

How do you like to serve salted caramel sauce?

Kate is a wife and mommy to 3 and is passionate about God, health and food. She has written 7 cookbooks and is planning to release more in 2012. When she’s not blogging, she’s in the kitchen, sewing, or home schooling her children. You can find her at Modern Alternative Mama or contributing to Keeper of the Home.