I have a love affair with caramel. Rolos and Twix bars were a favorite when I was a kid. I loved the Cadbury caramel eggs and when I got sundaes, I preferred caramel sauce over chocolate sauce.
Caramel is rich and buttery and like the liquid version of toffee, which I also love. I have never tried making my own caramel sauce though because I figured it was too difficult.
Spoiler alert: It isn’t.
It does take time and yes you do have to baby this but it’s worth it because in the end you have a delicious caramel sauce that can be added to just about anything you can think of. Cake? YES! Coffee? YES! Pancakes and waffles! Drizzle it into some brownie mix to make caramel brownies. Drizzle it over some coffee cake. Add it to ice cream? The list is endless!
You can see that I put this on top of some cake. Some Buttermilk Spice Cake!
Since I’m cutting down on my dairy intake, I made this with full fat coconut milk instead of cream. You won’t notice the difference because it tastes amazing.
Also, since it’s #BoozeyHoliday, I added bourbon at the end. You’re welcome.
Andrea’s Bourbon Coconut Caramel Sauce
- 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 1/2C Maple Syrup
- 1TBSP Butter
- 2tsp Vanilla
- 2TBSP Bourbon
In a medium sized heavy sauce pan add in the coconut milk, maple syrup, and butter. Heat over medium heat and whisk until the butter is melted and everything is incorporated. Bring the mixture up to a boil and boil for two minutes. Then reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 60 minutes. Whisking every few minutes. The mixture should just be slightly bubbling.
Yes 60 minutes is a long time, but this needs to reduce down and thicken up. You’ll know it’s ready when the sauce coats a spoon and has a slow drizzle to it. It should be thick. At this point, turn off the heat, add in the vanilla and bourbon and whisk.
Put the sauce into a heat proof container (I used a mason jar) and allow to cool. Either use right away or store in the fridge. If it’s cold, gently heat the sauce by adding some of the caramel to a sauce pan and heating over low heat. Just until the sauce can be drizzled.
Yeah it takes some time but it lasts for two weeks in the fridge! Honestly, I doubt it will last you that long because you’ll be eating it by the spoonful.