Add a little twist to your favorite salted caramel sauce with coffee! This coffee salted caramel sauce infuses those wonderful coffee flavors with sweet and slightly salty caramel that will have you eating it out of the jar with a spoon! Trust me, I did.
Dish Count :: 1 Sauce Pan, 1 Mug
Praise the Lord almighty, I got some sleep last night. A whopping 7 hours. I’m a whole new woman. It was getting dicey there for a while. And while it was dicey, I did something dumb like read the internet about why I wasn’t sleeping. Apparently, I have issues. According to one study at least.
But really, we knew that already. Didn’t we? So let’s break it down.
According to this study, if you can’t fall asleep (which up until two weeks ago, my head hit the pillow and I was out!), you are suffering from stressful life events, or you have anxiety. Let’s add this to the things I need to deal with, along with my new found paranoia of having to have the seam of my coffee shop paper cup on the opposite side of where the lip is.
Ever wonder why your coffee dripped all over your white pants that day you had that really huge presentation. It was probably because of the coffee cup seam. And my wonderful coworker decided to instill that added level of paranoia into my life. This is probably what started the sleepless nights, me over analyzing every cup of coffee that dripped on me EVER.
But besides my new found coffee cup paranoia, there is the other work stress, like starting construction on my new project! It’s coming along, and I’m excited and scared. Then not seeing Ben for you know, like days – Hashtag Nurselife. And planning a baby shower for another friend. Because what kind of cake am I going to make?! Will it have fondant, or just frosting? Baby elephants on it, or just cupcakes? How many cake plates do I have? Do they match her theme? What other food should we have? No lunch meats or uncured cheeses, obviously. But I love cured meats. Damn, being pregnant must be hard. Did the Mariners win last night? Oh yeah, buy plane tickets for your trip this fall. Austin? Check. Scotland, this week. How are we ever going to get the new far fixed after Ben’s accident? Do I need to order more pills for the dog?
THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN MY HEAD, PEOPLE!!
Someone find me a sedative. So yes, I am sure that this sleep study about people not falling asleep, is definitely accurate. Anxiety and stress? I obviously have them.
Or let’s cut to the chase, omit the sedative and just give me a spoon and some of this coffee salted caramel sauce and a giant bowl of ice cream. I mean those are roughly the same thing to a stressed out person, right?
This recipe is based on my How To Make Salted Caramel Sauce, and Epicurious’s Coffee Salted caramel sauce recipe. This one took a couple of tries to get right, and to adjust the coffee flavor so it was just right. The first time I tried making it with coffee instead of water. That didn’t work so well. But Epicurious used concentrated coffee, and it worked like a dream. I used my base recipe, their trick for coffee extract and BAM! Nailed it.
One less thing for me to stress out over. Praise.
Get my original How-To Tuesday on Salted Caramel Sauce. And make one batch of each! Because two is better than one.
Coffee Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup Sugar
- ½ cup Water + 1/4 cup
- 2 Tbsp Finely Ground Coffee
- ¾ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 5 Tbsp Butter, cubed
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla
- ⅛-¼ tsp Sea Salt
Line a coffee cup with a paper coffee filter. Add coffee grounds into the filter. Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan and remove 1/4 cup of the boiling water. Pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over the coffee grounds. Let steep for a few minutes and cool down slightly.
While the coffee is cooling, . in a sauce pan over medium-high heat, whisk together sugar and remaining water - bringing to a rapid boil. Cover and let boil for 5-8 minutes, or until the mixture starts to turn amber/golden brown and you can smell the caramelization happening.
While this is simmering, remove coffee filter from the mug and let drain as much coffee extract as possibly. Gently squeeze the filter to make sure you have got as much as you can out of it. Discard the filter.
Uncover the pan and working carefully - slowly stream in the whipping cream while whisking the mixture vigorously. The mixture will bubble and foam very quickly, so whisk constantly. Whisk until the foaming subsides. Stir in the vanilla, and the coffee extract, and finally the salt. Bring mixture back to a boil to thicken.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before consuming.
Adapted from Epicurious Coffee Caramel Sauce