{Recipe} Chai Spiced Caramel Sauce

Yes, I do know thatย chai actually means “tea.” However, when people (here in the US, at least) hear the word “chai”, they often associate it with the flavor of spiced chai orย masala chai,ย so I’m using the word that most people associate with those flavors. Besides, Masala Caramel Sauce doesn’t have the same ring to it. Or maybe it does, but fewer people would recognize it, I think.

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Anyway, this caramel. This caramel is pretty much the antithesis of how I normally cook around here. When I make treats, I try to make things I wouldn’t mind my daughters eating, too. Anyone who’s ever eaten around a toddler knows that whatever you’re eating, toddler wants, too. It just makes my life a bit easier to make things that aren’t loaded with sugar.

 

chai-spiced-caramel-sauce-the-joyful-foodie-2And caramel is pretty much all sugar. Sugar. Butter. Cream. That’s what a good caramel is made of.

That’s what this caramel is made of, in fact. That plus a pinch of salt and a heaping of chai spices .

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This stuff is addicting. I literally eat it with a spoon…when the girls are asleep. Ya, I’m that creepy mommy who busts out the caramel when the kids are in bed.

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Seriously, this sauce is so good. It makes everything it touches a little extra special. Hot chocolate? Chai Spiced Caramel Hot Chocolate. Pumpkin bread? Chai Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Bread. Coffee? Chai Spiced Caramel Latte. Spoon? Chai Spiced Caramel Spoon.

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Did I mention this would make a great gift? Edible gifts are the best, and any caramel or chai or life lover would be your BFF forever if you give them this. Hint: You can be your own BFF forever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, I have to add that that last photos makes me laugh. Mini Foodie saysย delicious “wishus”, so when I see that last shot, it makes me think of her little voice saying “mmm… wishus.” ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, is that one of those things only parents find funny? Sorry.

UPDATE: I tried making this with coconut sugar, and it’s delicious! So good news for anyone wanting a caramel sauce who is trying to avoid refined sugars!ย 

Chai Spiced Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: approximately 16oz

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper to taste (or about 1/4 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir constantly and heat until mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, pour into jars, and refrigerate until cold.
  4. Use on everything.

Notes

Mixture may be a little runny after bubbling but will thicken as it cools.

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8 Comments

  1. I am just in love with the idea of chai spiced caramel sauce. YUM! I think I’d be going with the hot chocolate idea first up! I saw this on the Foodie Fridays link up! I would be delighted if you’d stop by http://picnicnz.blogspot.co.nz/ and added this to the Pure Blog Love link party too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chai spiced caramel hot chocolate…mmmm, so good. Thanks for the invite. I’ll head on over! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve never actually had chai spice before, but it’s got everything I love in it! And this caramel sound so yummy!

  3. This sounds so good! I’ve never made anything like it before! Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays! Hope to see you back again Thursday night!

  4. This. on a crepe. with bananas. It’s calling my name. Pinning!

    • Oh man, Christine, I think you just called my dessert for tonight. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the pin!

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