This small batch salted caramel sauce is perfect for occasions when you don’t need a lot. This simple, fool-proof recipe does not require a candy thermometer and comes together very quickly. You’ll be tempted to make another batch!
Do you ever get caramel cravings? I hope I’m not alone here. Well, I definitely do. There are days when I just want a nice spoonful of caramel and then go off on my merry way. (OK, I’d probably come back for another spoonful)
What I dislike about making caramel sauce is that 1) it usually makes a huge batch, and 2) most require a candy thermometer. Boo to both. Thankfully, this recipe requires neither. This simple, no-fuss recipe only yields 1 cup of caramel sauce so it’s perfect for you to eat for breakfast share with a friend.
Addie and I made this caramel sauce together, and she was fascinated to see how the sugar turned into this beautiful, sweet and salty amber-colored goodness. My batch yielded about a cup of caramel sauce, and I’m trying to figure out how best to use up this liquid gold (other than just drinking it, of course).
Small batch salted caramel sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt or more if you like it extra salty
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix the sugar and water together in a deep, heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Turn the heat to medium high and allow the sugar to melt. Do not stir (it's hard, but please resist).
- While the sugar is melting, heat the heavy cream in the microwave until it is almost boiling.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat to high. The sugar mixture will turn a deep amber color. Watch the sugar carefully, as it will burn easily if you look away for a moment. Feel free to swirl the sauce pan around to allow the sugar to evenly caramelize.
- After your sugar has turned a deep amber color, take it off the heat and add in the warmed heavy cream. Watch out - it will bubble vigorously! Then add the butter, salt and vanilla. Whisk until the caramel thickens and is smooth.