Caramel Syrup

Another desert sauce recipe from the Joy of Cooking.


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • pinch of salt


  • Combine 1/4 cup water and sugar into a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

  • Stir gently until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Avoid letting the syrup boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Increase the heat to high, cover the saucepan, and boil the syrup for 2 minutes. Uncover and continue to boil the syrup until it begins to darekn around the edges. Gently stir until the syrup turns deep amber.

  • Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup of warm water to the mixture. Stir until smooth. If the sauce becomes lumpy, set the pan over low heat and stir until smooth.

  • Remove the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.

  • Serve immediately or let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 months. Reheat over low heat, sturring in a little water if needed.