12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

by Shawnda on December 9, 2010

in Candy,Christmas,Condiments,Holiday Favorites

Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

The difference between the Day 2 goodie and the Day 8 goodie is only a few degrees but I felt that even that smallest difference deserved its own mention.

When cooked to the appropriate temperature, this rich, buttery sauce will produce perfect caramel candies. When cooked for only a few minutes, you end up with an out-of-this-world Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce. The possibilities are almost endless. The caramel sauce can be used as a topping for ice cream, pies, bread pudding, or pancakes. You can swirl it into brownie batter. Or even simpler – just dip a spoon in the jar :)

I bought the jars for this year’s at The Container Store. Each jar will hold 1 cup of sauce. (If you’re wondering, I’ll be making an octuple batch of sauce this year). I also picked up some cute Christmas fabric at Joann’s – I’ll cut circles with a diameters 3 inches larger than the jar lid and then fasten the cloth circles over the jar tops with ribbon for a Christmasy touch.

Get the recipe: Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

The 12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2010

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 9, 2010 at 6:08 am

Oh yum!!!

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2 pup December 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

This looks amazing!! And I love that you can see the specks of the vanilla bean!! Delicious!

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3 val December 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face!!!! Looks incredible.

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4 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 10, 2010 at 12:23 am

OMG – anything caramel is on my list of favorites! Your photo is amazing. This is a must make over the holidays and beyond.

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5 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) December 10, 2010 at 5:19 am

Oh that looks gorgeous!!!

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6 Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! December 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

This sounds like one amazing sauce! I can imagine pouring it on everything!

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7 Caitlin December 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

What a great picture!! The caramel looks so thick and sticky, and vanilla-y. But now I’m wondering… how did clean-up of the caramel puddle go after the photo shoot?? ;)

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8 Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox December 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’m so jealous. My JoAnn’s had no cute fabric print this year. But at least I can steal this recipe!

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9 briarrose December 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

Wow this looks wonderful. I adore caramel and this is so tempting.

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10 Sara December 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Yum indeed. I recently made a caramel sauce and am still enjoying its goodness. It’s not an easy sauce to make, but it’s a fun one.

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11 Felice December 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

This looks amazing. I have a couple of vanilla beans I need to use up soon and I know exactly what I want to use them in.

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12 b*schus December 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for this idea! I made a quadruple batch for my 7 coworkers and they LOVED this (used the one cup jars from World Market!). Such a great holiday gift idea.

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