Happy first official day of autumn! I love fall and everything that it brings… brightly colored foliage fluttering in the crisp breeze, crunching leaves beneath my boots, cozy scarves, and apple picking! I went to an orchard with my boyfriend last week and we had such a lovely time. All of the apples are perfectly in season right now, so if you’re thinking of picking, now’s the time.
Today’s recipe will become a staple in your autumn baking repertoire. This sweet and salty caramel takes under ten minutes to make, and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. I used fleur de sel in my batch to make the salt flavor really light and delicate, but regular table salt would work just as well.
It’s perfect for a snack of caramel-dipped apple slices, pouring in mason jars and giving to friends and family, and for drizzling on anything from ice cream to a warm slice of pie to cinnamon-y oatmeal!
Enjoy & happy fall, y’all!
Simple Salted Caramel
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
Yield: One small mason jar of caramel, about 2/3 cup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel (or whatever salt you have)
- Splash of vanilla (1/8 teaspoon if you’re a measurer)
- In a small pan over medium-high heat, melt together the butter, brown sugar, heavy cream. and salt while constantly whisking.
- Bring the mixture to a boil (it took me about a minute), then reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue simmering for 5 minutes, whisking often.
- Stir in the vanilla, then remove from heat and pour your caramel into a mason jar. Sprinkle a bit of extra salt on top, and let cool a bit before digging in!