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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.
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. —The Editors
Makes about 2 cups
- 1/3 cup salted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup 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
- 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
- Stir in the vinegar, to taste. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
- Pour onto whatever you want (see headnote) and top with some flaky sea salt.
- Your Best Recipe with Vinegar Contest Finalist!