Balsamic Butterscotch Sauce

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Author Notes: It's good! Pour it on bananas, apple cake, vanilla ice cream, strawberries, bread pudding, ricotta, yogurt, gingerbread, a spoon....you get the picture. This recipe came about by experimenting with some cream, sugar and vinegar last week. I stirred it up, tasted it, liked it, drank the whole thing, then went forth and researched how I could apply it to a dessert.

I know I will offend someone here, but if it doesn't break your heart to use Balsamico Tradizionale in a caramel sauce, then add a spoonful or two. It's pretty darn good.

Slightly adapted from Regan Daley's recipe for Brown Sugar-Brandy Sauce in her cookbook In the Sweet Kitchen, one of my favorite, most inspiring cookbooks.
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Food52 Review: WHO: We call faithful Food52er mrslarkin the Scone Lady, and you should too.
WHAT: Your desserts' new best friend.
HOW: Make a standard-issue caramel sauce, and whisk in a secret ingredient. Then drizzle on everything.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Don't let the addition of an untraditional ingredient stop you from making this. The vinegar creates a bright note among the otherwise sweet, rich sauce -- which makes it okay to eat spoonful after spoonful. Good thing, because we couldn't stop at just one.
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Makes about 2 cups

  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, plus a little of the really good balsamic vinegar, if you're feeling generous
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping
  1. Place butter, sugars, and cream in a small saucepan, and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat to medium, bring the sauce to a boil, and whisk continuously for 5 minutes. Remove from heat
  2. Stir in the vinegar, to taste. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  3. Pour onto whatever you want (see headnote) and top with some flaky sea salt.

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11 months ago EatArt

I love this idea! Wondering if you ever tried it with red balsamic?

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! I stir in a spoonful of balsamico tradizionale with the white balsamic. It's crazy good.

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11 months ago Jill Jones

I really do love this recipe; it is so easy it's ridiculous if you don't make it. My whole family loved it, and my truly begged to have it sent in their lunches with fruit to dip. The addition of the balsamic makes this a sophisticated sauce that is versatile enough to use in several different ways. Mrs. Larkin, I loved it so much I wrote about it on my blog. :)

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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omg that is so great Jill! I'm honoured to be mentioned on your blog. Here's the link, folks, now go visit Jill's blog: https://writerlyjill.wordpress...

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11 months ago Jill Jones

My pleasure, Mrs. Larkin; honestly loved it.

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11 months ago diaday

Back in the day when Hubs and I were dating, I went to a family reunion where he pointed out his absolute favorite dish. He called it sauce over bananas. It was a sauce like this, except Aunt Eleanor used eggs instead of cream. 30+ years ago white balsamic vinegar was nowhere to be found so she used good ole apple cider vinegar. Aunt E gave me the recipe, I made it a few times, but then it got tucked away as my recipe collection grew. Fast forward to your recipe. I surprised Hubs with it...bananas, sauce and chopped peanuts sprinkled over the top...just like he fixed it at the reunions. Thanks for bringing back memories and a favorite dessert.

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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What a great memory! Thanks for sharing, diaday, and I'm so glad you liked the sauce. I'm definitely having it with peanuts next! I had some last night on vanilla ice cream, with toasted coconut sprinkled on top. So good.

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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P.S. You have mad recipe collection skills! I'm very impressed. :)

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11 months ago Kukla

I made the sauce Liz, and everyone loved it and asked for more. We served 2 cheese blitzes, an assortment of berries on each plate and at the table a generous drizzle of your caramel sauce over all of it. The sauce boat was empty in a couple of minutes. Next time when making for a party, I’ll double the recipe. This is great, easy, quick and very delicious caramel sauce, which can be used for so many desserts!!!

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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So glad it was enjoyed by all, Kukla! I'm going to make your pickled lettuce again, this time using kale.

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11 months ago fiveandspice

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Congrats again on being a finalist for this one! It's a knockout. :)

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11 months ago hardlikearmour

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You're the winner in my heart, mrsL!

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11 months ago mrslarkin

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aw, thanks hla!

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11 months ago lapadia

Excellent touch to your Butterscotch, MrsL, thanks for sharing it with us!

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12 months ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Congrats! I'll be trying this one out soon! Sounds great!

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks M&M!

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, guys! Hope you all give it a try! I've been afraid of making caramel forEVER and this one's super easy. And really really yummy.

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12 months ago EmilyC

Congrats! I'll be trying this very soon, then praising/cursing your name for ever introducing me to it. Okay, just praising, promise! : )

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12 months ago thefood

yess! this is EXACTLY the kind of recipe i was hoping someone would come up with for this contest!

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12 months ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations! I'm actually afraid to make this -- I don't think I could stop myself from sucking it down by the pint!

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12 months ago grumblebee

Amazing recipe! I know reduced balsamic is GORGEOUS on ice cream, but with butterscotch flavour too it becomes OUT OF THIS WORLD! :)

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, you guys! I think I'm going to make a batch of this, Kukla's pickled lettuce, and Betty Wason's pot roast for Mother's Day. Actually, hubby is making the pot roast. I'll make everything else. :)

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12 months ago fiveandspice

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How the heck did I miss this??!! This looks completely amazing Liz! Way to go!

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12 months ago Lizthechef

Beautiful recipe, Liz. I'm already working it into my weekend menus.

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12 months ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats, mrslarkin! This sounds unbelievably delicious. I need to buy some white balsamic, then I plan to make this ASAP. Love that this was inspired by a recipe from In the Sweet Kitchen. That is one of my favorite cookbooks, too!

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Isn't it great, CIV? I so love that cookbook.

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12 months ago Kukla

Congratulations Mrs. Larkin! It is an honor to be in the same company with you! We can start a meal with my dish and have a delicious dessert using your sauce.

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Yes! That is what I am going to do! I bought the green leaf lettuce and dill today!

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12 months ago Bevi

Congrats Liz! I bought my balsamic and can't wait to try on grilled pineapple.

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12 months ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, Mrs Larkin! This sounds incredibly decadent. Love it!

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12 months ago Midge

Congrats mrslarkin! Can't wait to try this.

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much you guys! Hope you try it. Super yummy. Yes, dsots and gr, strawberries and pineapple would be amazazing.

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12 months ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Liz, so happy to see this in the finalist spot. I can't wait to taste this!

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12 months ago darksideofthespoon

I'll have to try this on strawberries... mmmmmmmm.

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12 months ago healthierkitchen

Wow! Scary good!

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12 months ago gingerroot

Hooray, Liz! Congrats on being a finalist. Your recipe sounds dangerously good...I think I'll start with pineapple, yum.

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12 months ago Deb Smith

Yum!

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12 months ago ChefJune

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I'm not surprised this is a finalist, Liz. It's truly one of the best foods I've had in my mouth this year. Maybe any year! Not suer I ever want to be without it in my fridge. ;)

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much, June!! Really glad you liked it. I need to make another batch!

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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omg so good on pineapple!

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12 months ago ChefJune

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D*mn! This stuff is DYNAMITE!

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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So glad you liked it, ChefJune! I had it on vanilla ice cream tonight. :)

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12 months ago EmilyC

I've been meaning to comment on this all week. It looks fabulous -- and mighty dangerous to have around! I'm making this as soon as I buy some white balsamic.

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Emily! Hope you like it.

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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COOK'S NOTE: The sugar will crystalize when you chill leftover caramel. Scrape into a 4-cup glass measuring cup (caramel will bubble up so you want headroom), nuke for a couple minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until smooth. Let cool a little. Go forth and pour.

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12 months ago drbabs

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double yum

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12 months ago mrslarkin

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heh. thank you!

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about 1 year ago aargersi

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yum

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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:)

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Is this for real?

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about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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no joke. :)