How To: Salted Caramel Sauce & Frosting

Hey Nibblers!

     Salted caramel, where have you been all my life? Salted caramel has been all the rage lately. Its ability to satisfy the sweet tooth but also deliver a salt kick performs well in anyone’s book.  There has not been a day that I haven’t spotted a salted caramel image. I call this fate. Fate that I must be one with salted caramel. That is why I decided to get off my bottom, head to the kitchen and make some love with caramel.

What you’ll need: Yields about a cup (250mL) of salted caramel
– 100g sugar
– 90g of salted butter
– 1/2 cup of thickened cream (125mL)
– 3 tsp. of salt (Aim for the best available salt where available)

How To:
1. Heat sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly
2. Mix until the sugar melts into a brown- amber liquid and then immediately add butter then stir
3. Stir until butter is completely melted (Takes 2-4 minutes)
4. Pour thickened cream into the caramel, stirring continuously
5. Leave to boil for a minute
6. Remove from heat and sieve the caramel through a sift to ensure a smooth consistency
7. Add in salt
8. Allow caramel to cool before using

Salted Caramel in pictures

Sugar begins to melt, stir with spatula
Sugar after about a minute – melting
Sugar caramelising into perfect amber colour
Add butter and stir
Caramel bliss – remove from heat
Sieve caramel to ensure a smooth consistency then add salt

FAQs:
– Leave your caramel in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks

There you have it. Salted caramel in minutes! It’s super easy and will be sure to impress anyone. I took it a step further and added it to my buttercream recipe (below) to make the most perfect salted caramel frosting.

Salted Caramel Frosting:
200g of softened unsalted butter
100g sifted icing sugar
2 Tbs. of milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup of salted caramel sauce

1. Beat softened butter for 5 minutes or until butter turns from a bright yellow to a creamy colour
2. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined
3. Add sifted icing sugar into buttercream
4. Mix for an extra 5 minutes to ensure all elements are incorporated
5. Add salted caramel sauce and mix just until you can’t see caramel streaks

FAQs:
– For pipe-able buttercream, the mixture should slip off a spatula only upon the force of your hand
Slides off spatula? It’s too wet, add some sifted icing sugar
Won’t slide off spatula? It’s too thick, add a Tbs. of milk at a time to hit the perfect consistency

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Be sure to send through some pictures if you do give it a try.

Nibble Away,

      Jo

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