I’ll be honest, this recipe started out with the aim of being caramels, not sauce, but the actual squares of sticky goodness. But, somehow it turned into a sauce instead, but..I’m not complaining one bit.
Usually, in caramels and caramel sauces, heavy cream is used. Since we’re aiming for dairy-free here, I used a silken tofu substitute. I know I know, tofu? Trust me, it does the trick, you (really!) can’t even taste it! Silken tofu is blended with just enough almond milk to create a heavy cream consistency. Add sugar, whiskey, and all the other goodies and we get to bubbling!
I’ll say, I did not get pictures during the caramel making process, mainly due to the fact that I was preoccupied with the bubbling caramel not overflowing and creating a volcano of sugary whiskey mess everywhere in the kitchen. Good enough reason, right?
The hardest part to this sauce is that absolutely, positively, under no circumstances should you try to taste the sauce until it is completely cooled. Caramel sauce is positively awesome, but it becomes less awesome when all your taste buds are burned off in earnest trying to taste test it before proper cooling and you can’t taste it for another 2 weeks.
This sauce is perfect over ice cream (of course, my favorite is made with almond milk), sliced apples, or over morning oatmeal (start the day right, right?). Also, if you sneak it by the spoonful out of the fridge while it’s cooling, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either! (Which means I went into the kitchen to do dishes and came out with a sticky spoon in hand and sweet tang left behind in my mouth…status on the dishes, not done.)
Sweet, salty and a little nutty. Also, I bet no one would turn this down as a holiday or hostess gift!
Salted Whiskey Caramel Pecan Sauce
4 tablespoons Earth Balance
5 tablespoons silken tofu
3 tablespoons almond milk
1/4 cup whiskey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea (or kosher) salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1. Make heavy cream substitute by thoroughly whisking together silken tofu and almond milk in medium sized bowl, ensuring all tofu is thoroughly combined into the almond milk. Set aside.
2. Grease small pan to store sauce in once cooked. Ensure that the pan is completely greased, if not, the sauce will stick and be a mess to remove!
3. In medium saucepan, heat butter, heavy cream substitute, whiskey, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.
4. In large saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. DO NOT STIR. Boil until sugar turns a warm golden brown. This large saucepan should be big enough to handle some bubbling action that occurs when the mixtures are combined.
5. When the sugar mixture is done, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful! — it will bubble up violently. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Pour caramel into pan; cool 5 minutes, sprinkle with additional sea or kosher salt. Place pan in refrigerator and let cool for 2 hours. Transfer to jar or drizzle away.
adapted from So How’s It Taste?