October 23, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Warm Salted Caramel

You knew a hot beverage was coming, right? I cannot help myself! After a super chilly soccer finale this past weekend, getting my youngest bundled for a trip to a pumpkin patch, and a walk in the leaves the other day, I had to come up with something. So for this Thirsty Thursday, I came up with the perfect Autumn beverage. Warm Salted Caramel. 




With the kids allergies, it is hard for me to find a Hot Cocoa mix that is safe, so we have been making lots of hot vanilla. However, I thought with the Homemade Caramel Sauce I made the other day, I thought I would try mixing that with some warm milk. When I did, I added a  little whipped cream, and sprinkle of sea salt, and it was perfection. It is what I always imagined butter beer from the Harry Potter books to kind of taste like (I'm sure that this has nothing to do with what JK Rowling had envisioned).

Warm Salted Caramel (makes one mug)

1 cup milk
1 TBS caramel sauce (Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe link)
whipped cream for garnish
pinch of sea salt
More caramel sauce for garnish




If caramel sauce is not heated, in a heat proof dish, warm in microwave for 10 - 20 seconds or in a water bath.

In a small sauce pan over low heat, add milk. When tiny bubbles form around edges of pan, whisk in caramel sauce. Continue to stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour into mug. 




Add whipped cream, drizzle of caramel sauce, and pinch of sea salt. 




Serve immediately. Best enjoyed with blanket, and a Harry Potter book.


If you like this hot beverage you may like this warm vanilla spiced cider. For all things beverage related, check out the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!







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October 21, 2014

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Autumn is my absolute favorite time to cook, bake, and just be in the kitchen. However, this time of year is also one of our busiest times. I often find myself putting meals in the slow cooker before we head out the door for the day, or I am whipping up a 30 minute chili after soccer practice. 

Because of this, I was looking for a dessert that was quick to whip up, but could be versatile. That is when I thought of Caramel Sauce. It really is a cinch to make, takes no time at all, and like dessert sauces, can be used to top all kinds of things (cakes, brownies, ice cream, a spoon). 




Plus, what is more Fall like that a caramel dipped apple?




Home Made Caramel Sauce
1 stick of unsalted butter (you don't even have to bring it to room temperature)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)




In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter.




Next, whisk in brown sugar until completely dissolved.




Add cream, salt, and vanilla.




Then, stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes stir mixture. It will simmer and bubble gently. You may want to lower heat slightly as to not hurt yourself while you stir.




Remove from heat, and continue to stir for about 3 or 4 minutes to let the mixture cool gently.

Pour into a heat safe container. 




You can use sauce now, or let cool to room temperature, cover, and store in the fridge. 




To reheat place in microwave without lid or put in a water bath of gentle simmering water.

Stay tuned for a fun Thirsty Thursday recipe with this awesome Caramel Sauce later in the week.




If you liked this dessert sauce, check out my recipe for Red Berry Sauce.




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