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Karamell-Küche is always one of my most favorite places to visit when I go to Epcot. For those of you who don’t speak German, Karamell-Küche means “Caramel Kitchen” and this shop is of course in the Germany Pavilion. The smell alone will bring you, drooling, to Karamell-Küche’s door.
If you’re going through withdrawal between Disney trips, you can actually make some really yummy homemade caramel sauce at home. I promise you that it’s not as hard as you think it is! You can add it to your coffee, drizzle it on desserts, use it for milkshakes and smoothies, dip fruit into it, and even use it as a base for frosting. Plus, this homemade caramel sauce keeps for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. Well, if you don’t eat it all!
My best tip for making sure your caramel sauce is perfect is to buy a candy thermometer. A candy thermometer takes all the guesswork out of it!
Here’s what you need to make a nice big batch of caramel sauce:
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
7 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons salt
Let your ingredients come to room temperature before you start. You’ll have much better results. And remember, caramel sometimes splatters, so be careful! This is not one to make with the kiddos, since sugar burns are some of the worst you can get. But once it cools, you can put it into squeeze bottles and let them drizzle it onto their own ice cream.
Okay, here’s how you make the sauce:
1. Add sugar and water to a metal pot and stir over medium low heat until the sugar dissolves.
2. Turn the heat to medium high. Stop stirring at this point, as it will cause crystals to form. Once the sugar starts boiling, swirl the pot occasionally.
3. Remove from heat immediately when the mixture reaches 350 degrees.
4. Quickly whisk in the cream. Be careful of splattering in this step.
5. Whisk in the butter, vanilla, and salt. Continue to whisk until there are no more lumps.
6. Pour into jars to cool completely, then store in refrigerator.
You can also mix things up by replacing the vanilla with other flavorings. For example, how about rum extract for a more adult-tasting version? Or try different fruit extracts (raspberry, orange, etc.) for unique flavors. Just make sure you use actual flavoring, rather than imitation. Trust me. You can definitely taste the difference.
So there you have it, a great way to get your Karamell-Küche fix between Disney trips. Do you have a favorite caramel treat? Leave a comment!