Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce

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Discover the magic of Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce, a decadent and mouthwatering treat for any gathering. Step up your dessert game with this easy-to-make sauce that will leave everyone craving more.

The combination of sweet apples, rich caramel and warm bourbon is really something special. This Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce is a hearty treat, perfect for dipping fruit, drizzling over dessert, or even enjoyed by the spoonful. Made with a few simple ingredients and just the right amount of apple bourbon, this sauce is easy to prepare and will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. The rich, smooth texture of the caramel is perfectly complemented by the subtle fruitiness of the apple bourbon, creating a balanced and intoxicating sauce. This delightful treat is sure to become your dessert favorite and leave you and your guests craving more!

Understanding the Caramel Stage

When making caramel, it’s important to become familiar with the various stages it goes through in the cooking process. The temperature of the sugar mixture determines the consistency and texture of the final caramel product. For this recipe, aim for a temperature between 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit, which will result in a smooth, velvety sauce without reaching the soft ball stage.

Can I make caramel sauce without a candy thermometer?

While using a candy thermometer is the most accurate way to ensure the caramel has reached the desired consistency, you can still make this delicious sauce without a thermometer. Here are detailed instructions to guide you through the process:

  1. As the mixture begins to boil, pay close attention to its appearance and texture. Your goal is to make a smooth and silky sauce. The caramel should become thicker and more cohesive, with little air bubbles constantly breaking the surface.
  2. To check the consistency without a thermometer, carefully take a small spoonful of caramel sauce and let it cool for a while. Then, use your fingers to hold the sauce between your thumb and forefinger. When you separate your fingers, the sauce creates a thread that stretches but doesn’t snap right away. This indicates that the sauce has reached the desired consistency.
  3. When the correct consistency is reached, remove the pan from the heat. Let the caramel cool for a few minutes, then carefully stir in the vanilla extract, apple bourbon, and salt.
  4. Continue to stir the sauce until all ingredients are well combined. Let the sauce cool down, then transfer to jars for storage.

frequently asked questions

Can I use regular bourbon instead of apple bourbon?

Yes, you can substitute regular bourbon for the caramel sauce if you can’t find apple bourbon. For those who don’t drink alcohol or prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can also omit the bourbon entirely.

Can I use unsalted butter instead of salted butter?

Yes, if you prefer unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt to the recipe to achieve the desired balance of flavors.

service suggestion

This versatile sauce is perfect for dipping apples, making apple nachos, drizzling over ice cream, or adding to a variety of desserts like cheesecakes and pies. Get creative and explore the endless possibilities of this delicious sauce!

An overhead view of a spoon filled with apple bourbon caramel sauce.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. To reheat, simply heat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat or in a microwave-safe container in short intervals until the desired consistency is reached.

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Discover the magic of Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce, a decadent and mouthwatering treat for any gathering. Step up your dessert game with this easy-to-make sauce that will leave everyone craving more.

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 20 minute

total time 30 minute

raw material

Apple Bourbon Caramel

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoon Apple Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


Apple Bourbon Caramel

  • Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, pour in the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and brown sugar.

  • Using a whisk or a rubber spatula, beat all ingredients over medium heat until just starting to boil. Scrape the sides and bottom regularly.

  • Let the sauce simmer until it reaches a temperature of 200-205 degrees. We’re just making a sauce, so we need to simmer long enough for the grains to come out, but not bring it to the soft ball stage.

  • Once at temperature, remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla, apple bourbon, and salt. Stir until fully combined.

  • Let cool, then pour into jars for storage. Shelf stable for up to 1 month.

Serve: 8ounce | Calories: 494kcal | carbohydrate: 80G | protein: 3G | fat: 18G | Saturated fat: 12G | Polyunsaturated fats: 1G | Monounsaturated fats: 5G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 52mg | sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 183mg | sugar: 80G | Vitamin A: 561unit | Vitamin C: 1mg | calcium: 137mg | iron: 0.4mg

Apple Bourbon Caramel Sauce