If you follow my blog, you know that I have somewhat of a healthy obsession with caramel sauces. You would think that with the few basic ingredients you need to make a good caramel sauce, you would be limited with how much you can play with the classic sauce. However, like with everything in the kitchen, the only limit is your imagination. I love to play around with the basic caramel recipe and tweak it to add an extra flavor note or a different texture or both. Today's caramel sauce features the simple ingredients you need to make a London Fog Tea, sounds interesting, no?
For other caramel recipes, you can try my salted caramel sauce, or how about my spicy and sweet caramel recipe?
The London fog caramel sauce stands out with its floral and citrusy notes, thanks to the Earl Grey tea and the dried lavender flowers. The result is a caramel sauce with a balanced sweet flavor and complex flavor notes.
Let´s make the sauce
For the tea you need:
- 1 earl grey tea bag (use 2 bags for a more intense flavor)
- 50 ml boiling water
- 1 tsp dried lavender petals (adjust to you liking)
In a cup, put the tea bag and the lavender then add the boiling water and let it steep and then cool.
For the caramel sauce:
- 50 ml of the prepared tea
- 120 g sugar
- 50 g cold butter cut into cubes
- 200 ml heavy cream
- pinch of salt (needed to bring out the flavors)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Put the sugar in a saucepan and melt over a gentle heat. Once the sugar is golden brown add the steeped tea and let it boil for few seconds. Always be careful when adding liquid to a hot caramel as it will splatter. Add the cold butter and let it melt. Add the salt and the cream.
Cook for a few minutes until it thickens. Finally add the vanilla and whisk well
Lift the saucepan off the stove and allow the caramel sauce to cool down.
Pour the sauce in a clean jar and refrigerate, if you will not use it within the day of its making.
Like all caramel sauces, you can use it in so many ways. It is such a useful ingredient to keep in your fridge. It complements pancakes, crepes and sponge cakes perfectly. You can add it to cheesecakes to add a new flavor dimension, or you can use it as a sweet dipping sauce with fruits, biscuits and much more.