salted butter caramel sauce

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caramelsauce

This is an easy, delicious, smooth, salted caramel sauce that is wonderful for all your recipes that call for caramel. This recipe makes about 1 and 1/2 cups.

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup half & half

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the brown sugar, half & half, butter, and salt in a small saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat for 7 minutes (or until it gets thicker.) Add the vanilla and cook an additional minute. Turn off the heat and allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Variations:

for cinnamon caramel: add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg when you add the vanilla. (wonderful in monkey bread)

for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Caramel: add 2 Tablespoons JD in place of vanilla. (wonderful on ice cream or brownies)

for orange caramel: add 1 teaspoon orange extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on caramel rolls)

for coconut caramel: add 1 teaspoon coconut extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on banana splits)

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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