Mastering the Perfect Caramel Sauce with Curtis Stone

written by Curtis Stone

One of my absolute favorite dessert toppings is Caramel Sauce. Creamy, sweet and decadent, it is the number one topping that my boys request whenever we make ice cream sundaes, or just about any dessert for that matter. And while the thought of making a delicate recipe like Caramel Sauce might seem daunting, a few cooking tips, and the Bosch Induction Cooktop , makes it easy to whip up a dessert favorite time and time again.

If you’ve got sugar, cream, butter, and salt on hand, I’ll show you how to make Caramel Sauce in a matter of minutes.

If you’ve got sugar, cream, butter, and salt on hand, I’ll show you how to make caramel sauce in a matter of minutes!

When it comes to preparing meals for friends and family, I always try to plan ahead by making some of the items ahead of time, then preparing others just before they are about to be served. This way, I can cut down on some of the time in the kitchen, while also being able to enjoy these special moments with the people in my life who matter most.

I like making my caramel sauce a few days out since it can be made up to three days ahead when stored covered and refrigerated. When you’re ready to use the Caramel Sauce, simply rewarm the sauce over low heat on your cooktop and it’s ready for dipping, drizzling and devouring.

Bosch Induction Cooktop

Caramel Sauce, the Topping for any Occasion

As well as it being utterly delicious, one of the things I love most about caramel sauce is that it’s actually really versatile. Once the sauce is made, the fun really kicks in when you get to use your creativity to decide what sweet items to use it on! Some of my faves include:

  • Breakfast ideas: Start your day on a sweet note by topping your favorite French toast, waffles, pancakes, or crepes with this special surprise.
  • Baked goods: There are lots of different baked goods that this caramel sauce pairs well with, such as banana bread and bread pudding.
  • Fruit: Serve it as a dipping sauce for some freshly cut apple slices or drizzle it over grilled pineapple. The kids will love it!

Now, when it comes to creating delicate sauces, like a Caramel Sauce, some might feel a bit nervous. But, I always say that using high quality appliances and cooking tools are key to making the cooking process that much easier—and more enjoyable. I’ve mentioned in previous posts , that the Bosch Induction Cooktops with FlexInduction® is one of my favorite cooking appliances because of its flexible features that make it so easy to get the perfect results you want, especially in a delicate sauce such as Caramel.. And now, the new Bosch Benchmark Series Induction Cooktops can help simplify the cooking process even further so that you can feel confident every time you step into the kitchen.

I also love the AutoChef feature on Bosch Induction Cooktops—it’s the perfect kitchen assistant as it regulates temperatures when cooking to make it easier to achieve the results you want. The new induction cooktops offer a new Very Low temperature setting for a consistently low power level, which is perfect for keeping sauces warm or melting fragile ingredients like butter, chocolate, and sugar. And, as sweet sauces like caramel can burn easily, I find this feature to be really useful.

My caramel sauce recipe is a delicious addition to sweeten any dish, and with a Bosch Induction Cooktop , it’s sweet and simple.


Caramel Sauce made from Chef Curtis Stone's Recipe

Caramel Sauce Recipe from Curtis Stone

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 orange, segmented
3/4 teaspoon fleur de sel


1. Heat a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook, without stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar melts and then turns a deep amber color. As the sugar melts and caramelizes, tilt and swirl the pan to distribute the caramel evenly, but do not stir. As soon as the caramel is a deep amber color, remove the pan from the heat.

2. Stir in the cream and butter, whisking until the butter melts and the sauce is completely blended. If needed, strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any undissolved bits of sugar. Stir in the orange segments and fleur de sel. Cool slightly before serving.

This caramel sauce can be made up to three days ahead without the orange segments. Rewarm over low heat on your Bosch Induction Cooktop, and stir in the orange segments just before serving.

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