I want to share a fun recipe for your Instant Pot® – Salted Caramel Sauce. Yes, I know you can easily make it on your stove top. Yes, I realize that this might not be the best way to use your Instant Pot®, but it definitely works and was pretty fun to make. We celebrate Christmas at our house, and after indulgent desserts at Thanksgiving, holiday treats at gatherings throughout December, and my Aunt Jane’s famous chocolate mousse on Christmas Eve, we like to go EASY for Christmas dessert. My mom, sister, and I bake delicious cookies every year, and we bake enough for a small army. After sharing with friends and neighbors, we make one last beautiful platter just for us (because we never sample cookies as we go – KIDDING.) We also serve bowls of ice cream with hot fudge and salted caramel sauce to drizzle on top. Nothing fussy or difficult and a lovely way to wrap up the Christmas season.
Make sure you start watching the sugar mixture at around 12 minutes. It should turn a really dark amber, maybe just a touch darker than you think it should be. At 13 minutes, your final result would be around the color of a piece of store bought caramel candy. Take it one minute more for a deeper, richer caramel. The pot will read “hot” which just means that it is hot enough to sauté something. Disregard for this application.
Instant Pot® Salted Caramel
Makes 1 cup
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Set Instant Pot® to sauté. Add the sugar and water, stirring to combine. Then walk away for 14 minutes, not touching the pot (melting sugar can be a fussy task).
2. Once the time is up, immediately whisk in the butter, followed by the cream, until smooth. Add in salt and vanilla and immediately remove from heat. Pour into a heat-proof glass jar and allow to cool. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.