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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce #appleweek


       My new favorite caramel sauce has arrived!!  This is so good.  Not to toot my own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but I think it might just be the best caramel sauce I've ever had.  It is as rich and creamy as you would want a caramel sauce to be, but there is a bit of a tart apple apple flavor in there that wakes up your tastebuds and will make them do a happy dance to boot!
        The best part is how easy it is to make.  Just take your favorite apple cider and concentrate it down so those flavors really shine through.  Then build a quick caramel sauce.  It can be ready in about 20 minutes and most of that time doesn't require much more than an occasional glance.  Then the fun kicks in, deciding what to use your caramel on!


      I made the caramel as a glaze and finishing drizzle for an apple bundt cake that I will be sharing later in the week.  But I only needed about 1/3 of the recipe for that.  So the rest went on everything I could get my hands on!



       I made some sweet apple cider waffles and topped them with a drizzle of this cider caramel, a bit of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Oh. My. Stars. If heaven were a waffle, that would totally be it!  I also put some on some of MiMi's homemade vanilla ice cream. MMMM! Heck I *may* have even drizzled some on my oatmeal.  (I totally did that and it was delicious!)



     This yummy caramel sauce is a great drizzling consistency when it is warm or at room temperature, but would also make a great dip for apple slices (or pretzels, or graham crackers, or fingers and spoons!) when served cold. If you only try one new recipe this fall, this should be the one!!



Apple Cider Caramel Sauce
makes between 2-3 cups of caramel sauce

Ingredients:

2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp vanilla bean paste (extract would be fine)


  1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan (I love using my enameled cast iron saucier for this type of recipe), bring the apple cider to a low boil.  Keeping an eye on it to be sure it doesn't burn, reduce down to 1/4 cup.  
  2. Stir in butter until melted.  Incorporate the brown sugar, cream and salt.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Allow mixture to cool then transfer to serving vessel or storage container.
  4. This caramel will keep well in the refrigerator and will be a thick dipping consistency when cold.  At room temperature it is more of a glazing or drizzling consistency. 



Monday: Appetizers and Drinks


Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks


Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides


Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm


Wednesday: Sweet Treats


Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table


Thursday: Apple Projects


Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal


Friday: Anything Apple Goes


1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake





49 comments:

  1. Some people might prefer this straight up on a spoon or maybe even their finger. That sauce was a big hit! Thanks for bringing your creative cooking to our family dinners.

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    1. I think we had some that way too! I'm glad to have so many willing testers!

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    2. By the way – you know you are a carpenter's wife when you build your caramel sauce. 😉

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  2. I would love to drizzle this sauce on some pancake or on the inside of a martini glass when I make my next Caramel Apple Martini. YUM

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    1. It would be perfect for a martini glass!! Now I want pancakes too!! Thanks, Wendy!

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  3. Carlee, I am in heaven over here at most definitely would eat this right off the spoon! I'd like to have some drizzled over homemade vanilla ice cream! We have a local orchard that makes the most to die for cider that I've ever had in my life, I happen to have a gallon in the fridge so this is a must!

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    1. Isn't fresh cider from a local orchard the best? And this caramel is definitely spoon worthy. I'd say a spoon a day... but there's now way I could make it last that long! Thanks, Andrea!

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  4. Off to the store to get some apple cider! I can't believe I haven't bought any yet, this has inspired me to change that 😀

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    1. It's time!! Our local orchard's fresh batch is coming out on Saturday!! Yippee! They've had cider slushies from frozen cider, but now the real deal is available.

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  5. I am loving this sauce and am thinking of all the possibilities of how to use it! Thanks for co-hosting AppleWeek. I'm having a great time!

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    1. It is so good and I think the possibilities are endless! I'm so glad you were able to celebrate apples with us, it has been fun!

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  6. Eeeh Gads, Carlee! You are making me so hungry tonight! I just made a batch of vanilla ice cream tonight, and this sauce would be perfect! If I had apple cider in the house, I would start a batch of this right now!

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    1. Ooooh, yes. You need this for the ice cream! Maybe tomorrow? Put cider on the list!

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  7. Oh how I love fall recipes. Looks delicious and I can't wait to give it a try.

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    1. Thank you! It tastes every bit as good as it looks!

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  8. Drizzle,pour, dip serve this anyway would be fine with me.

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  9. Oh my gosh this caramel recipe looks awesome! I bet it's absolutely amazing on waffles. Great idea!

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    1. Thank you so much! The waffles were one of my favorite ways to use it!

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  10. OMG this looks amazing! Never thought to put apple cider in caramel!!

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    1. It really adds that little something! Thank you!

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  11. That looks incredible! Definitely bookmarking this for later. :)
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  12. This caramel looks so delicious! What a great recipe for fall!

    Xx, Emily

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    1. Thank you! It is definitely a favorite!

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  13. Holy moly - this looks delicious! I loveeee caramel!

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    1. Me too and this is my new favorite! Thanks!

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  14. So simple yet so dangerous - I would seriously want to just sit there with a spoon!!!! YUM!

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    1. It is tempting, I can promise you that! Thanks, Kelly!

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  15. Wow this looks amazing! I can already think of so many things to put it on!

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    1. You'll have to make a couple of batches and try them all!

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    2. I can think of all kinds of uses for this wonderful sauce. Pinned and shared!

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    3. You'll love in Quinn! Thanks!

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  16. This sounds dangerously good! Great apple recipe round up too!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you so much! It is definitely dangerous... but so worth it!

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  17. After seeing your cake post I had to check out the glaze!
    I'll be trying this sauce soon!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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    1. This caramel sauce is the best part for sure!! Thanks!

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  18. Caramel sauce on waffles just might be my most favorite thing in the entire world. SO GOOD!

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  19. Your Caramel Sauce is just perfect for a fresh apple! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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    1. I made another batch to have with apples tonight!! Thanks, Miz Helen!

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  20. This sounds so awesome to pour over so many fall favorites! Thanks so much for linking up with us this week for Maker's Mix-Up!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! You should definitely make some to have on hand!

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  21. I've always wanted to make this! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  22. I love this caramel!! I will be featuring this this week!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Hope to see you again this week!! Have a great week!! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is reeeeeeally good! I've made it three times in as many weeks ;-)

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