Homemade butterscotch sauce recipe

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A delicious homemade butterscotch sauce, great on vanilla ice cream or as a topping for cakes.
Preparation time: 0 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes, Serves: 0 


4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt

Tools you will need
Heavy saucepan
Wooden spoon
Wire whisk
Glass bowl
Glass jar (or other storage container) with a lid


In a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat add the butter and dark brown sugar and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the butter has melted completely and the sugar is wet. Continue cooking and stirring until the sugar grains have dissolved and the mixture looks like lava. This process will take about 3 to 5 minutes.

When the sugar looks liquid, set teh heat to low and add all the whipping cream at once. Use a wire whisk to incorporate the cream into the melted sugar mixture. When the mixture is uniform turn the heat back to medium and continue cooking for 10 more minutes, whisking occationally.

Turn the heat off, transfer the butterscotch into a glass bowl. and let it come to room temperature.

To finish the butterscotch, start adding the vanilla and salt, a little at a time, whisking and tasting. Use as much vanilla and/or salt as necessary (you should not need more than 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon salt) until you reach the desired butterscotch flavor.

Transfer the butterscotch into a glass jar or other container with a tight fitting lid and chill for up to one month.
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