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Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

From Epicurious
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 4 cups apple cider* {I think what really made this taste amazing was the kind I used -- Trader Joe's Spiced Cider.}
  • 1 vanilla bean split & scraped
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter cubed


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring apple cider to a boil. Add vanilla bean seeds scraped from pod and drop in the pod itself. {You'll pull this out later.} Continue to boil until reduced by about half, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Add brown sugar and butter and stir until melted in and well incorporated. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Allow the mixture to continue to boil until the bubbling starts to slow down as the liquid becomes more thick and syrupy, about 7-10 more minutes. {You'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn.} I didn't use a candy thermometer for this, but you'll want the mixture to be pourable but thickened -- it will thicken some more after it cools.
  • Carefully pour hot sauce into a heatproof container or jar and allow to cool before sealing and decorating.
  • Pour over everything. :)