I admit it, I have a sweet tooth. And almost as much as I love chocolate, I love caramel! Put the two together, and oh my….but wait, I’m jumping ahead of myself to another post later today.
I think I’ve made my own caramel sauce maybe once. On a stovetop and it took a lot of stirring and babysitting. So when I discovered I could make it in the microwave in a matter of minutes, it was a revelation! Now, this isn’t exactly healthy, though I have swapped out the heavy whipping cream for 2% milk, which yields a slightly thinner caramel sauce (totally okay by me) yet no less delicious. It is all about portion size as a little goes a long way with this caramel sauce.
You can use the caramel sauce drizzled over ice cream, paired with chocolate, dolloped in your coffee, just to name a few ideas to get you started. Enjoy!
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup 2% milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- In a deep glass bowl with high sides, melt the butter in the microwave.
- Whisk in the light brown sugar. Then slowly whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth.
- Microwave for 2 minutes then stir. Return to microwave for another 2 minutes. Mixture should be bubbling and slightly thickened. Watch closely as microwave times will vary depending upon the power of your machine.
- Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla. Mixture will thicken more as it cools.