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Simple Sundays | 10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce

10 Minute Microwave Caramel Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Simple Sundays | 10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce

10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com

My caramel mania culminated in a life changing discovery last week. As much as I now adore making caramel candies, the process of making a caramel sauce has been a bumpy road. There have been, I admit, some disasters scattered here and there amid the proud successes. So when I stumbled upon the concept of making caramel sauce in the microwave in virtually half the time, I knew I had to try it!

Let’s keep this short and sweet: if you have a microwave, you can make a decadent caramel sauce in 10 minutes. No need to dig out the candy thermometer from your drawer of messy kitchen tools. No need to worry if your saucepan is squeaky clean. No need to decide: am I going to use the dry or wet method? It’s so simple, I am tempted to never go back to the traditional method again!

10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com

I happened upon the microwave method when I was reading The Kitchn, who prompted me over to Ali from Gimme Some Oven. I tried it immediately – Ali’s directions were seamless, ushering me to an aha moment that will forever change the way I think about both microwaves and caramel.

Spooned over a brownie sundae, the result was simply amazing. The only thing I tweaked in the sauce was swapping out corn syrup for sugar cane syrup and by adding a good smidge of fleur de sel, for that salty sweet taste I adore. Other than that, all I can say is it’s so simple, it almost seems like magic.

10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce | www.kitchenconfidante.com

10 Minute Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup | Prep: 2 minutes | Cook: 8 minutes

Please visit Ali at Gimme Some Oven for step by step photos and instructions. She explains it much better than I do!

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons sugar cane syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy cream, heated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt (ideally fleur de sel)

Instructions

In a measuring cup or small microwavable bowl, whisk together the sugar, sugar cane syrup, water and lemon juice. Place in the microwave and cook on high for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid turns a light golden color. Take care not too over cook as it can quickly overcook and burn.

Remove the syrup from the microwave and place it on a stable surface such as a kitchen towel. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes; the color will deepen to a rich shade of amber as it rests.

Whisk in 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream, stirring continuously as it froths. Continue to slowly add the heavy cream in a very slow stream, whisking all the while, until all the heavy cream has been incorporated. Finally, stir in the vanilla, butter and salt.

Allow the caramel sauce to rest to thicken to your desired consistency. If not using immediately, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the microwave oven in 20 second increments before using again. The caramel sauce should keep for about 2 weeks.

Recipe very slightly modified from Gimme Some Oven, as adapted from Debbie Koenig.

Comments

    • Liren

      This is a great way to dip your toe into the caramel pool for sure, Brian!

  1. Erin Colleen

    Oh my gosh, this looks like pure ooey gooey wonderfulness!!!

    Reply
    • Liren

      You said it! I’m in love with this caramel sauce, I can’t even tell you.

  2. Bonny@cleverhen.com

    The caramel sauce looks wonderfully caramely and gooey….perfect – got to try it, like today! What is the cake base you show? That whole dessert looks amazing!

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    • Liren

      I can’t thank you enough, Ali, this is simply amazing. My whole family thanks you! ;)

  3. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    I too am a caramel fanatic! Ali has some great recipes and simple too. I typically cook over the stove but will have to try this one. Love the photo with the caramel dripping all over the plate – stunning!

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    • Liren

      Thank you, Lisa! This is perfect in a pinch (like when you’re ready to chow down on a sundae and don’t want to be bothered with the stove method!) :)

  4. Patty

    This ‘magical’ caramel sauce is a must try Liren ;) Love the photos- everything looks so good!

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  5. Beth Young

    Oh dear! I wish you hadn’t posted this! I can now see myself putting on at least half a stone over the next few weeks!

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    • Liren

      I understand! Believe me, I’ve been clocking in more time at the gym because of this caramel obsession ;)

  6. Katy @ TastyLittleCrouton

    Your pictures are gorgeous! On the first one I’m sitting here thinking “how did she get that caramel into a glass container without having it all over the sides? and how did she get that perfect clean portion on the spoon?” Very impressive post :)

    Reply
    • Liren

      Why thank you, Katy :) I will say, it took a lot of care to pour the caramel neatly into the jar (though if you look closely, you’ll notice some drips!).

  7. meral

    Hi
    Thank you so much I will try this right away, I am a vivid baker but afraid of certain methods making caramel was first on that list. You just made it so easy!
    I will certainly let you know the result.
    Thanks
    Meral

    Reply
    • Liren

      Aw, well there’s always the traditional method which is rewarding :) I nearly got rid of my microwave, between you and me, but I think I’ll keep it now.

  8. Letizia

    Hi! I’d love to try your recipe! but I do not know what the “sugar cane syrup” is! I am from Italy, I do not think we have such a product for sale; may I do it myself?
    Thanks a lot :)

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  9. Valerie

    Caramel can be finicky – it certainly looks as though you’ve perfected the art of caramel sauce making!

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  10. Bonny@cleverhen.com

    Just wanted to let you know, I made this last night for a family dinner with my daughter and her family. They all LOVED it. It was a winner!! Thanks for the recipes. I didn’t think there was a brownie recipe that could beat out our home favorite, but your brownie recipe is very, very, very close! Highly recommend this wonderful dessert.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Bonny, I’m SO glad! That means so much – I’m really pleased your daughter and her family all loved it! Thank you!

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