Gluten Free Recipes
Homemade Caramel Sauce, Yum! (Recipe)
Looking out my window, I see a few brightly colored leaves. When I walk my dogs in the morning, kids are once again waiting for school buses which drive too fast down the neighborhood streets. Summer is ending.
Though many students lose their enthusiasm for academic work by mid year, there is something special about the excitement and anticipation that comes with starting a new school year. Combine that with the anticipation of cooler weather and upcoming holidays, and it makes Labor Day a perfect time of year to gather with friends and family.
It’s usually still pretty warm on Labor day, and ice cream sundaes are a perfect way to cap off an end-of-summer party. If you’re gluten free, you can enjoy most components of a sundae. Just keep these tips in mind:
- Most ice cream is gluten free, but there are varieties that contain cookie dough or cookie/brownie pieces.
- Most sauces, sprinkles, and other toppings are gluten free, but not always.
- Avoid any ice cream cones or edible bowls.
- Read the ingredients on each product.
- Avoid wheat, barley and rye, keeping in mind that malt flavoring or extract is made from barley unless otherwise noted.
Caramel happens to be one of my favorite toppings. Store bought caramel sauce is loaded with corn syrup, but it’s really easy to make your own sauce at home. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and heed the warning.
Homemade Caramel Sauce
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (unopened)
Warning: You must let the can cool completely before opening it or burns may occur.
1. Remove the label from the can of sweetened condensed milk and place it unopened on its side in a heavy saucepan.
2. Cover with water at least an inch above the can.
3. Bring to a boil using medium high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Check the water level occasionally and add more if needed to keep the can covered.
4. Remove from heat, drain the water, and let the can cool completely. It is best to put it in the refrigerator overnight. Warning: If you do not wait until the can is cooled, you could have a hot explosion causing burns and injury. Please be patient.
5. Once cooled, open the can and enjoy a thick caramel sauce. To thin the sauce, add a small amount of milk and stir well.
Note: You can cook more than one can at a time.