When you read this recipe title, you immediately hope it comes out tasting just how you think it would, and believe me, IT DOES. This Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Sauce from Real Simple magazine is outstanding. It’s perfect drizzled on top of vanilla (or in my case, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery) and served with some chopped peanuts! Then, since you’ll have a billion cups left over after your dessert, its perfect to spoon into mason jars, tie with ribbon, and hand out to all the special people in your life this holiday season. The babysitter, the cleaning person, your mailman–anyone that deserves a sweet treat for helping you out all year long!
How to make it an A+: It’s perfect. Just be aware, I would not classify this as an easy or rookie recipe. The cooking times really vary, and without caramel-making experience, you may get a little confused. I ended up cooking the initial portion for about 7 minutes longer than suggested, and turned up the heat post-cream, and then again post-butter. The recipe means it when warning that the sauce will bubble and steam vigorously! It is a very dangerous step in the process, so wear a thin oven mitt that allows you some protection, but also control while working the whisk!