We had our Annual Family Dinner a few weeks ago.
My family gathers every year to celebrate and remember my dad. We enjoy a big dinner together at Buca di Beppos, and share memories, eat and laugh, and laugh and eat . . . and enjoy one another's company. There are only a few times a year when we ALL get together, and this is one of those occasions.
One of the ways I celebrate/remember my dad is by sharing a piece of him that I fondly remember. Last year I brought everyone a jar of home-made Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam. The year before, I made mini angel food cakes. It was his favorite cake! And the year before that, I brought everyone home-made divinity candy . . . his favorite candy.
This year marks 9 years since he returned Home; so needless to say, I've prepared many things over the years, from desserts to CDs to 'fun bags' that were all intended to stir happy and loving memories of our Dad.
I felt inspired to make home-made Caramel Sauce in honor of my Dad this year.
His favorite traditional ice cream topping was caramel, so I thought it would be fun to bring everyone a jar of this yummy goodness.
I found this recipe for Caramel Sauce last December, and served it at our Annual Holiday Waffle Breakfast. Everyone LOVED it, so I knew that it would be the one that I would make for my family.
I LOVE that it's made with brown sugar!
The brown sugar gives it such a warm and unique flavor . . . thanks to the molasses.
I enjoy is most when it's warmed up and then drizzled over ice cream; but it's also good on pancakes, waffles, and drizzled over hot cocoa and brownies. Really, the skies the limit with caramel sauce!
I hope that I've inspired you to make some for your family and friends!
simple caramel sauce
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1 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter (4 Tablespoons)
1/2 cup half-and-half or cream (cream will make it thicker)
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
pinch of salt
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Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low to medium heat.
Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until thicker.
Turn off heat. Serve warm or refrigerate until cold.
If sauce is thin, just continue cooking for a few more minutes.
Courtesy: Pioneer Woman