Let’s start the New Year on a sweet note, shall we?

When I saw this recipe, I tore it out immediately not as a topping for the Maple-Gingerbread Layer Cake recipe that it accompanied, but for a topping for ice cream. More specifically, as an ice cream topping for my Dad.

But then I made it, and tried it – for quality assurance of course – and then the Taster tried it, and we loved it. It is sweet with a touch of salt. Thankfully I had doubled the batch and we had plenty to savor without dipping into Dad’s stash. The Taster put some in coffee, wanted to put it on eggs and we tried it with apple slices. Heaven. I suspect this sauce would make anything taste utterly decadent and ridiculously good.

Salted Maple-Caramel Sauce - makes about 2 cups – adapted from Bon App├ętit

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the butter in sauce pan. Add maple and brown sugars and whisk together for about 2-3 minutes, until thick and boiling.

Whisk in cream. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking often. Boil until mixture thickens and has reduced.

Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla. Cool, cover, and chill.

17 Comments (Reply )

  1. thehealthyapron
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    What a great topping!! I like that it is homemade and doesn’t contain HFCS like I see in every other topping haha! Hope you had a happy new year!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    This sounds amazing! Love the salty sweet combo :)


  3. Mellissa
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit and it looked so good, now I really want to try it.


  4. Kate @ Diethood.com
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Yum! This caramel sauce sounds incredible!


  5. Tut
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I want some right now!!!!


  6. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    So I finished reading this post a few minutes ago. I’ve been mulling around on this comment space b/c my mouth is agape with how good that sounds. And it sounds do-able, I love do-able stuff!!!


    • Emily
      Jan 03, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

      It is very easy! Caramel sounds kind of hard, but this was really easy! And no candy thermometer required!


  7. mary beth hughes
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    yum! i’m with tut – i want some right now. :)


  8. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Wow that does look too good to be true! :)


  9. kate
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    YUM! i have become obessed with salty caramel. this sounds GOOD!


  10. Jamie Walker
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    This looks amazing – definitely a weekend treat – on my non-vegan days. ;)


  11. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    Ooooh, yum!! This looks amazing. What an amazing gift idea… or, maybe I would eat it all myself! I bet it would be great spread on a banan, or as a cupcake filling.


  12. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    Ooooooh. I’m getting a craving for ice cream and maple caramel sauce now. What a great little gift idea. I’m writing that one down. Love Bon Appetit.


  13. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    This sounds great! I’m especially interested in the maple sugar. That is one type that I haven’t used yet!


  14. Holly
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    this looks made for my consumption.


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