© Chris Court
Active Time
N/A
Total Time
15 MIN
Yield
Serves : makes 2 cups

This silky, dark caramel sauce would be delicious on ice cream, pound cake and fresh strawberries. Slideshow: More Delicious Caramel Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Put the sugar in a large saucepan and pour the water all around. Add the vanilla bean and seeds and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down any crystals from the side of the pan. Cook without stirring until a deep-amber caramel forms, about 5 minutes. Gently swirl the pan to color the caramel evenly.

Step 2    

Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. When the bubbling subsides, bring the sauce to a boil and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the hardened caramel is dissolved. Discard the vanilla bean. Stir in the fleur de sel and let cool.

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