How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

A rainy weekend at the trailer, and with the change in the weather, I’m thinking comfort food and something sweet!

I think homemade anything is the best – and this is the BEST Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by far!  And so easy to make too!

Salted caramel recipes are popular anytime.  You can find salted caramel sauce recipes just about everywhere and there are some really good ones too!  The sweet & salty flavor is so rich and creamy and really enhances just about anything.

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What goes well with Salted Caramel?

Well, we use it on coffee cake, pancakes and now my newest recipe – Blueberry Pear & Walnut Galette. You can even make salted caramel candy!

Related: Ice Cream Sauce Trifecta – Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Sundae Sauces You Can Make at Home!

Now this salted caramel recipe uses heavy cream, the kind that has at least 35% milk fat.

I’ve been asked “can you make salted caramel sauce without cream?”

Yes, you can!  Just substitute evaporated milk one for one if you wish.

This time I wanted to make something just a bit different, so I experimented with different flavors.  The result is this thick caramel sauce recipe and the secret sauce is almond-flavored liqueur.

I used Amaretto Di Saronno, but I’m sure there are others.  This salted caramel sauce recipe makes about a pint – and can be doubled to make more, which is what I will do the next time I make a batch.

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I think these little jars of salted caramel sauce would make perfect gifts at Christmas time and for hostess gifts.  I’ll use these cute little mason jars, like the ones shown here with twine ties around them.  What do you think? You can click the link to get them for yourself!

 

Here is the Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe, just for you.

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto (almond flavoured liqueur)

 

(Prep time – about 30 minutes):

  • In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
  • As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add the liqueur
  • Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Pour into glass jars for storage
  • Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
  • Enjoy!

 

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
A delicious and easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe that makes up a thick sauce in minutes using heavy cream. We completely change the flavor with a hint of almond by adding almond liqueur, like Amaretto!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 4
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar - well packed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto almond flavored liqueur
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
  2. As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
    Salted Caramel Sauce
  3. Remove from heat and add the liqueur
  4. Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
    Salted Caramel Sauce
  6. Pour into glass jars for storage

    Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.

    Enjoy!

    Salted Caramel Sauce
A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

A Skillet Cookie, Kindness and the Mystery of Nutella

A Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella?  Heck yeah!

I’m all about any kind of chocolate chip cookie and these cookie recipes are really popular right now and why not?  What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce – heavenly right?

The first time I made this recipe was last March – we had a family dinner, so it was a good time to try it out.

What an awesome idea, a huge chocolate chip cookie, stuffed with nutella, smothered in ice cream and every kind of chocolate sauce and butterscotch sauce - heavenly right?Click To Tweet

The kids and my husband loved it – and the recipe was easy enough – you just mixed everything in a cast iron skillet and then popped it in the oven.  I thought the cookie was kind of dry so decided I would try again.

spreading nutella over a first layer of chocolate chip cookie dough

In my research I found lots of cookie recipes, so I decided that I would use a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe I had with just one little modification.

The Mystery of Nutella

The modification?  Yep you guessed it.  I decided that I was probably the only food blogger in the world – well maybe North America – who wasn’t making recipes with Nutella in them.  Not by choice you understand, I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about.  But perfectpiesandpastry.com is not about me!  It’s about what my readers – YOU – want to see!

chocolate chip skillet cookie stuffed with nutella ready for the oven

 

So I stuffed my cookie with a huge scoop of Nutella – come to think of it probably two scoops.  OMG!  I think you are really gonna love this recipe!

Related: Peach Mango Sangria Skillet PieChocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Apple Pandowdy

I had to bake the cookie a little longer – another 10 minutes.  Once it cooled a bit I added some ice cream – do you have Moose Tracks ice cream where you live?  It’s so awesome full of peanut butter cups and other good stuff.

Then I drenched the skillet cookie with my special Salted Caramel Sauce.  The combination of chocolate chip cookie, chocolate, ice cream, hazelnut chocolate and salted caramel – well the result is kinda perfect if you ask me.

homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie fresh from the oven, slice waiting on parchment paper

So I now understand why people are so passionate about Nutella!!

homemade chocolate chip skillet cookie overhead shot, topped with ice cream and slice top left

The Kindness Part?

You may be wondering:

What does kindness have to do with a skillet cookie?

Let me tell you…

Kindness has been on my mind more than usual  this week.

Some call it ‘pay it forward’, or ‘lightening someone’s load’, that kind of thing.  We’ve had unusually hot and humid weather in Toronto, Canada and it is really wearing folks down.  And then there is the daily news – crisis after crisis.

So when I saw someone give a cold bottle of water to a homeless person on my way to work, I reacted in kind and gave some money to the next homeless person I encountered.  I’ve done this before to be sure, but not with as much thought.

And in a world where the news feeds are often filled with fear and hate these days, I remembered a post one of my friends shared with me on Facebook – well me and probably several thousand of her other friends.

It was about a man who was sitting in McDonald’s watching a young woman with her little boy.  She was feeding him his Happy Meal and she looked really hungry.  So the man anonymously ordered her lunch.  I’m sure you’ve seen it but if you haven’t here is a link….  the part that resonated with me was – “Life is hard. Always be willing to make someones life a little easier. Little things make a big impact.” There it was.

I carried that feeling closely with me all week and I really wanted to share it.  I hope it lightens your day too and that this chocolate chip cookie sweetens it!

black and white photo of two children arm in arm walking down a country road

 

 

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie stuffed with Nutella
A delicious chocolate chip skillet cookie, stuffed with Nutella
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated white sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose white flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or dark if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 10 " cast iron skillet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C
  2. Mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla together
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients - just like preparing regular cookie batter
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Place half the batter into the bottom of skillet and press it in evenly
  6. Spread the nutella over top using a greased spatula (makes it easier)
  7. Place the remaining half of the cookie batter on top - I greased my very clean hands and just pressed it all in evenly around the edges!
  8. Bake at 350F/180C for 40 to 50 minutes - set the timer for 40 minutes - you can always add extra time.
Recipe Notes
Serve with your favorite ice cream - I used Moose Tracks and add lots and lots of my Salted Caramel Sauce!!

Have you tried a Skillet Cookie yet?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

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Cousin Marie’s Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

Cousin Marie’s Old Fashioned Coffee Cake

Easy Old Fashioned Coffee Cake With Caramel Sauce. Oh yeah!

 

My grandmother was a good cook, but she really excelled at baking.  One of the best memories I have is smelling her coffee cake baking in the oven.

The aromas of brown sugar, and cinnamon coming from the kitchen were almost too much to wait for sometimes!  This easy coffee cake recipe recreates that memory for me every time.  The original recipe actually comes from another family member, my Dad’s cousin Marie.  She was also a spectacular cook and a lovely woman.  I have fond memories.. 🙂

I’ve wanted to bake this recipe for some time now, and I’ve added a few updates of my own- but only to make it easier and quicker to make!  This is not a yeast coffee cake – but has more of a pound cake texture – full of creamy goodness like cream cheese and butter.   Yummmmm…..

So here it is!  I use my food processor to blend the dry ingredients and the cream cheese and butter.  I love using my food processor and am learning to use it more and more in my baking.

We recently had our son Adam, and his girlfriend Adrienne over for brunch.  I had just purchased a new kitchen island for our tiny apartment — so that I would have a lovely new space to bake on and to make videos!  Of course it’s one of those “build it yourself’ project and was just to heavy for Mark and I to carry up the three flights of stairs.

So while everyone was busy with bringing all the pieces upstairs from the garage, I got busy baking this scrumptious coffee cake.  I love it because it’s so easy to bake, and so delicious, it’s a hit every time.  Adam says it’s his favorite kind of cake!

One of the great things about this recipe is that there are no fancy ingredients.  You will probably have all of this in your pantry – except maybe for the cream cheese.

Ingredients:

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Coffee cake:

  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 ¾ white flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. plain cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Delicious easy to make old fashioned coffee cake includes brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh walnuts all swimming in creamy caramel sauce. It's the bomb!

Instructions:

  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter well
  2. Stir in chopped walnuts and set aside
  3. In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended
  4. Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to food processor and pulse until blended. The mixture will stick together if pressed in your hand.
  5. Put the mixture from the food processor into a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add the cream, vanilla, and egg.  Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened.  Like when you are making muffins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease and line a 8 X 8 square pan.
  7. Press the cake mixture into the plan
  8. Add small chunks of cream cheese around the top – I push them in slightly with my finger!
  9. Spoon on the brown sugar topping (this will sink into the cake as it bakes)
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Let cool and Enjoy with a smoky dark coffee.

Garnish:

I swirl caramel sauce* and a light icing sugar glaze over the cake once it’s cool.  It looks pretty and makes the cake taste even sweeter!

*I melt caramels in the microwave and stir in heavy cream – easy and delicious!

Related: I’ve written another blog about making pastry with a food processor – you can see it here!

Cousin Marie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A light, moist and richly delicious coffee cake that is perfect for Brunch, Breakfast or any ole time at all. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 9
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Topping:
  • 4 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Coffee cake:
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 ¾ white flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese plain
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter well
  2. Stir in chopped walnuts and set aside
  3. In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended
  4. Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to food processor and pulse until blended. The mixture will stick together if pressed in your hand.
  5. Put the mixture from the food processor into a large bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add the cream, vanilla, and egg.  Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened.  Like when you are making muffins.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease and 8 X 8 square pan.
  7. Press the cake mixture into the plan
  8. Add small chunks of cream cheese around the top – I push them in slightly with my finger!
  9. Spoon on the brown sugar topping (this will sink into the cake as it bakes)
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  11. Let cool and Enjoy with a smoky dark coffee.
Nutrition Facts
Cousin Marie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 39g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 13.3%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 16.2%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Oh and here is my new kitchen island!  What is your favourite place to bake?

S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake

S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake

S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake from the Slow-Cooker Cake – a sweet chocolate treat

I love using my slow cooker – soups, stews, pulled pork, potatoes, chili, roast beef, chicken….. well I’m sure you do too.  Why?  Because it saves me TIME.  What’s the one thing that people say on a Monday morning when you ask “how was your weekend?”  Always, always – “it was too short!” So in addition to finding ways to make delicious pies and pastry – I’m searching for easy and quick recipes for you to make delicious desserts.

On Labor Day weekend I made an amazing BBQ Pulled Pork.  So following on that success, I’ve been researching recipes and wondering what other wonderful things I could use it for?  I got my answer earlier this week from hubby Mark, who advised me that when he returned home to our RV last Monday the propane tanks were empty.  Apparently all of the baking I’ve been doing in our little oven in the RV takes a ton of gas!  Who knew?

Using a slow-cooker to make squares or bake a pudding or cake, it’s just not a connection I make when thinking about creating a dessert.

But after making this amazing S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake, the slow-cooker has moved to the top of my list for baking delicious Sweet Treats.

Now there are some good examples of how to line your slow cooker with foil, to make a pan like form so that you can lift the cake out of the slow cooker when it is done.  I’ve put a link here for you.  I take a different approach and use an actual foil baking pan – a round one, it so easy to use and fits my slow cooker perfectly (put the size of the pot here).  We want this to be as quick and easy for you as possible!

You can buy both the slow cooker and foil baking pans at the Store  – which lists all of my Baking Equipment Favorites.

Ingredients:

First layer

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup flour

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powderGooey S'mores Chocolate Fudge Slow Cooker Cake with Caramel Sauce

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ cup milk

2 tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

Second layer:

2 Heath Bars – crushed

¾ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ¾ cup boiling water

Garnish:

Salted Caramel Sauce

Vanilla ice cream

 

Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt for the first layer.

Stir in milk, butter and vanilla.

Spread over the bottom of your foil lined slow cooker or in the foil baking pan.

Sprinkle crushed heath bars on top

Mix the second layer of ¾ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup cocoa and sprinkle this over the mixture in your slow cooker.

Pour boiling water over it all – do not stir

Cover and cook on High for 2-3 hours depending on your slow cooker.  This is tricky.  I set mine for 2.5 hours, but when I checked at 2 hours, the cake was done.

Cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.  This cake is so rich and chocolaty, it won’t last long!

Enjoy!

S'mores Chocolate Fudge Slow Cooker Cake serving