Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce


What it is:  Dairy-free Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce, a brilliant contribution of good taste for those living a dairy-free life.

Details:  One 6-ounce jar, $9

Who makes it:  Hot Cakes Confections, handcrafting sweets that rise above the rest, in Seattle, WA.

Why I love it:  It's an anomaly to me how Autumn Martin developed this recipe. Indeed it's the one on which she spent the most time. A caramel sauce by definition is the marriage of caramelized sugar and milk, so creating a version that doesn't include one of the partners is edging on culinary infidelity. Or, so I thought. Hot Cakes' alternative version of salted caramel sauce, made with organic coconut milk, hemp milk, organic fair trade sugar and sea salt, is a downright culinary achievement. Its texture and consistency are pitch perfect -- so smooth and luxurious. Its flavor wanders into the realm of surreal with subtle coconut overtones and earthy, nutty undertones. Autumn takes the time to craft all of her salted caramel sauces the old fashioned way, by dry-burning (caramelizing) the sugar before adding the milk. The result is a sweet, even smoky sauce that's deep and complex in flavor. Sure, it's been done before. But it's never been done this well.

How I’ll use this in my kitchen:  Drizzled over coconut milk ice cream, homemade apple pies and fresh berries. Definitely folded into banana crepes or atop waffles and pancakes. I also love to stir this into my morning coffee or slather it on a piece of toast for a quick treat. Or, instead of chocolate milk, try caramel milk made with soy, almond or other alternative milks.

Ingredients:  Organic coconut milk, hemp milk, organic fair trade sugar, sea salt.

Hot Cakes Confections
Seattle, WA

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