My Homemade Butterscotch Sauce is easy, creamy, rich, a little nutty, and deeply caramel-like.
Hi Bold Bakers!
I don’t know about you, but one of my all-time favorite flavors is Butterscotch. Creamy, rich, a little nutty and deeply caramel-like, this incredible sweet sauce is so easy to make there is no reason to use the store-bought stuff. Now that it’s summer, no ice cream sundae can be called complete without a bit of my Homemade Butterscotch Sauce! You have got to give this recipe a go!
What’s the Difference Between Butterscotch and Caramel?
If you don’t know what butterscotch sauce is prepare to have your mind blown.
Butterscotch is like caramel’s naughty younger bother as it’s somewhat similar, but instead of starting with a base of white sugar like you do for caramel, butterscotch is always made with brown sugar. That means you already have an instant caramel flavor built in without having to go through the same, sometimes temperamental, cooking process of making a caramel.
Using brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar adds loads to the flavor profile of this rich sauce. You can imagine what happens when the sweet molasses flavor of brown sugar is heated and caramelized — it only gets sweeter, stickier, and nuttier, which is what really creates the unique flavor of my Homemade Butterscotch Sauce.
How to Make Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
While this sauce is complex in its rich caramel flavor it really is one of the easiest things to make. Making this homemade sauce is just a matter of combining a few basic ingredients in a saucepan and gently bringing together over medium heat. You will not believe how foolproof this recipe is, it can be made in literally 5 minutes flat.
After the brown sugar, butter, and cream melt together and really caramelize, they turn a lovely amber color. To finish off the sauce I take it off the heat and stir in vanilla and salt. These last little additions really take the flavor to the next level. The finished product is deeply flavorful, rich, thick, sticky and sweet.
How to Store Butterscotch Sauce
This sauce is a great one to have on hand. It’s lovely cold or reheated in the microwave and can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks. Once you make this versatile sauce you will find yourself using it left and right as it’s lovely on ice creams, cheesecakes, or even poured over fresh fruit!
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My Butterscotch Sauce Recipe is easy, creamy, rich, a little nutty, and deeply caramel-like.
- 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter
- 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) heavy cream
- 1/2 cup (3oz/85g) brown sugar (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon large flake salt
In a medium saucepan combine the butter, cream and brown sugar over medium heat. Gently swirl the pan until the sugar has dissolved.
Once the sugar had dissolved allow to simmer undisturbed for 4-6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt.
Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 8 weeks.
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If you would like to use a Truvia Brown sugar, you can reference my How to substitute sugar chart.
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