When looking to indulge or impress, it’s easy to forget that, very often, simplicity is best. Such is the case with decadent caramel sauce. Warm, rich, and smooth, it’s hard to believe that it can be made with only two humble ingredients: water and sugar. Whether served over ice cream, pie, or grilled pineapple, it is a welcome addition to any dessert you can think of.
Sugar becomes extremely hot while cooking, so take care and watch it closely. You’ll want to move quickly once it caramelizes and turns a deep amber color, so have the water and your preferred serving vessel handy before you start. Lastly, let the caramel sauce cool slightly before serving so that it’s a safe temperature to eat; this will also allow it to thicken to the ideal texture.