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.
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)