Salted Caramel Walnut Sauce

May 6, 2014

Author Notes: Wet nuts, only better, in my humble opinion. If you'd like to gild the lily, bedazzle the top of whatever you are pouring this on with a few flakes of Maldon. mrslarkin

Food52 Review: Like a good wine, the salt in this caramel sauce achieves a great balance between notes of butterscotch and toasted nuts. It came together in a snap and was delightful spooned over vanilla ice cream. Since the recipe can easily be scaled up or down (I initially only made half a batch), it would make a perfect gift during the holidays, especially for friends who consider caramel a mystery best left to professionals. chez_mere

Makes: about 2 cups


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Maldon salt, for garnish
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
In This Recipe


  1. Over medium heat, bring the water, sugar, and salt to boil in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Cook for 3 minutes or so.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons of butter. When butter begins to foam, pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up, so be careful. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Move pan off the heat and stir in the remaining butter, then stir in the nuts. Let sauce cool slightly before serving.
  4. For storing, pour into a clean 2-cup jar and refrigerate.

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