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How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce Without Cream

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how to make salted caramel without cream

how to make salted caramel without cream

Salted caramel has always been a popular flavor in almost any desserts. What I like with this flavor is the balance of its taste. The combination of the sweetness and saltiness is just perfect to satisfy one's craving.

I decided to make my own version of salted caramel sauce without cream. I don't have cream in my pantry so I needed to use an alternative ingredient. I replace heavy cream with milk. The outcome is similar to the one we used to. Here's the recipe that you can enjoy!

ingredients for salted caramel sauce without cream

ingredients for salted caramel sauce without cream


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


For Preparation:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 4 small bowl
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

For Cooking:

  1. pot
  2. whisk

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

6 min

8 min

1/2 cup


  1. Put sugar, butter, and water in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Stir the mixture until the sugar melts.
  3. Cook the mixture until turns golden brown or starts to boil.
  4. Stir in the milk, vanilla extract, and salt
  5. Let it boil for a minute. Remove from the heat.
  6. Allow it to cool before transfering it to a container.

Finished Product

easy salted caramel sauce without cream recipe

easy salted caramel sauce without cream recipe

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use salted butter instead but make sure to lessen the amount of salt added.
  2. Increase the amount of butter if preferred to have a strong buttery flavor.
  3. Adjust the amount of vanilla if necessary. Some brands have stronger vanilla essence than any other. This means a lesser amount of vanilla extract is needed.
  4. Decrease the amount of milk to produce thicker saucer.
  5. Add any variety of milk based on your preference.
  6. Drizzle it on top of any sweet foods such as your favorite fried banana egg rolls or pancakes without baking powder.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 06, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

It's one of my favorite sauce as the both flavors compliment the its individual taste. I hope you try it!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 06, 2020:

The salted variation of the caramel sauce is something I have not tried. I bet the sweet-slaty combination would be a delight to taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hello Liz,

Yes, it's true. Most recipes of today recommend almond and soya milk as an alternative for ordinary milk. I like these two better as both contribute different exciting tastes to a recipe.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 15, 2018:

Almond milk is becoming more popular as well as soya milk.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Liz,

That's a good option. For me, I can't have any ordinary milk because I'm lactose intolerant. So I need to use other cow's milk alternatives such as almond milk. Actually, I'm making my own milk at home. It's so easy.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

In recent years I have dropped down to using skimmed milk whenever possible as it has a lower fat content.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hello Liz,

I would say yes. There are varieties of milk that far healthier than cream. This recipe doesn't call for a particular kind of milk.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

This sounds like a healthier alternative by dropping the cream.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 12, 2018:

Hi Linda,

I also enjoy eating salted caramel icecream and chocolate. I simply like the combination of tastes.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 12, 2018:

I love salted caramel ice cream, so I think I might love your sauce as well. It sounds both easy to make and delicious.

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