Salted Toffee Sauce Recipe

Yields: About 1 – 1 ½ cups
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)

Equipment

  • Medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Heatproof container or jar for storage

Instructions

  • Melt the sugar: In the saucepan, spread the sugar evenly over the bottom. Heat over medium heat without stirring. Watch closely as the sugar begins to melt around the edges.
  • Swirl, don’t stir: Once significant melting starts, gently swirl the pan to distribute the melted sugar. Continue swirling until the sugar is a deep amber color. Be very careful, hot sugar can cause burns.
  • Add the butter: Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the butter one piece at a time until completely melted and smooth.
  • Whisk in the cream: Slowly and carefully pour in the heavy cream and whisk vigorously. The mixture will bubble and steam. Keep whisking until it forms a smooth sauce.
  • Finishing touches: Stir in the vanilla extract and salt (start with ½ teaspoon and taste, adding more if desired).
  • Cool slightly, then serve or store: Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes so it thickens slightly. Serve warm over ice cream, desserts, or use as a dip for fruit. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Reheat gently before serving.

Tips:

  • Use high-quality ingredients: The best ingredients create the best flavor. Opt for a good unsalted butter and full-fat heavy cream.
  • Don’t overcook the sugar: If the sugar burns, it will become bitter. The moment it achieves a rich amber color, it’s ready.
  • Be careful: The sauce bubbles up vigorously when adding the cream. Work slowly and cautiously to prevent splattering and burns.
  • Adjust salt to your liking: Everyone’s salt preferences are different. Start with less and add more as needed until you reach your perfect sweet and salty balance.

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