Recipe of the Day #12: Homemade Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce

For some reason, I got the urge to make caramel yesterday.  Oddly, though, I don’t even like caramel.  And, I’ve never made it.  So, really, I’m surprised I’d ever have a craving for it.  But, the craving was worth it.  Trust me.

Plus…a friend let me try a little bit of her homemade spicy caramel sauce a few weeks ago…and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind.

Which, is too bad.  Because ever since yesterday, after tasting my first spoonful, I’m getting a cavity a minute.  I CAN’T STOP EATING IT!!!!!!!!!!!

So, proceed with caution.  Sort of like the best chocolate cake recipe ever, you should only make this if you have self-control.  Or, you should resign yourself to the fact that you don’t have self-control, and be okay with that.  And, you might want your dentist on standby.

First:  Go milk your goat.  Don’t have one?  Get one.  It’s just better that way.  Don’t plan to get one?  I’m sure you can use grocery store goat’s milk…and grocery store cow’s milk, for that matter…so, don’t worry.

2 cups sugar dissolved in 2 quarts milk

Second:  Mix the sugar (I used organic sugar, it’s kind of light tan.  But, you can use any kind of sugar) with the milk in a stainless steel pot.  Turn the stove on.  Low to medium heat.  It’s best to err to the cooler side, because you don’t want to risk burning the caramel.  On the other hand, if you keep it on low, you’ll be there all day.  So, you decide.  Stir it every so often.

1 vanilla bean, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract, 1.2 tsp baking soda dissolved in a little bit of cold water, 1 serrano chile

I would have used 2 whole vanilla beans (and no vanilla extract), but I only had one, so I added 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract.  Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise.  I have no idea why the baking soda is 1.2 teaspoons.  But, whatever.  And, trying to mimic my friends spicy caramel, I picked a pepper.

Adding the baking soda to the simmering milk makes it fizz! Kind of exciting!

I waited and stirred and waited and stirred on and off for A LONG TIME.  Like, 45 minutes, or an hour or something.  Then, once the milk finally started simmering, I poured in the dissolved baking soda. And, oooooooooooo!!!!!!  It fizzled and sizzled and foamed!  Kind of like a magic show!

Add, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract with 1 vanilla bean

After you finish enjoying the baking soda performance, stir in the vanilla extract and vanilla bean.   Make cool designs.

1 whole red serrano chile, stem on, seeds safely inside

Now, add the spice!  I tried it with this one, lonely red peppa.  Next time, I’ll add some other kinds of peppers.  This gave the caramel a tiny bit of kick, but not the deep warmth that my friend’s had.  The kind that warms up your mouth and your throat, but doesn’t burn. The kind that’s like putting an electric blanket full of warm golden milky caramel into your mouth.  Not that I’ve ever had an electric blanket in my mouth, but I’m trying to get the point across that adding chiles adds WARMTH not killer spice.

So, don’t be scared.  But, as the caramel cooks, keep tasting it every so often and when it reaches the warmth level that you want it, just take out the chile.

Then, DON’T do what I did.  I figured, well, if it’s good in the caramel, the caramel must be good on it!  So, I took a big, drippy bite of my serrano.  WHHHTtthhhaaaaa!  HOTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!  Do Not Do That.  Trust me.

Keep at a simmer. Stir.

Getting a little tanner.

Still simmering. Stir more. Don't let it stick to the bottom, whatever you do.

And, a little tanner.

Still simmering. Stir again. Don't screw this part up. You'll end up cussing and screaming and possibly throwing things. Could get dangerous.

And, approaching golden!

Simmering. Still. Keep stirring.

It’ll start thickening over the spatula.

That's 3 hours worth of total perfection.

When the caramel is thick enough for you, be finished.  Breath a sigh of relief that you don’t have to stir anymore and pour it into a container.

And, as for the perfection part, it’s close to perfect.  But, not quite.  I need different chiles next time for the electric blanket effect.  The serrano alone is more like a hot water bottle on one of your feet.  And cold everywhere else.

Oh, my. Just look at it. Can you smell it??? Just close your eyes and pretend.

Breathe.  Take a deep breath in.  Again, again, again.  With your nose directly over the caramel.  And, see those little black specks?  Those are the little bits of heaven from the vanilla bean.

Have you ever cooked with a vanilla bean?  I have not.  Till now.  And, those little specks sort of feel like tiny bells ringing in your mouth every time you crunch one.  Amazing.

To Die For.

Now, what do you do with it?

I spread it on bread, eat it plain, stir it into milk, spread it on apples, spread it on cake, eat it plain, lick every smear off the spoon, and that’s all in just the last 24 hours.

And, to wrap this whole cooking experience up, I’ll warn you again:  Keep Your Dentist On Call.

The last time I ate something as good as this, I was in college on a trip for 4 weeks.  I ate it almost every day.  I came home with FIVE cavities.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

–  The Caramelaholic Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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8 Responses to Recipe of the Day #12: Homemade Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce

  1. Charlotte says:

    Do you ever can this

  2. Mike says:

    My sauce has been turning out grainy and hard. Almost as if the sugar never dissolved, but of course it has. It seems fine when in the pot and then when I pour it into the jars and it cools it gets hard and grainy… Any thoughts?

  3. Marilan says:

    You are a nutty lady, I wonder if you had chopped the pepper and used a bag for it? Allowing the seeds and ribs out. Plus try the vanilla bean in your milk when heating for yogurt or ice cream too mmmmm. I miss my dairy the most I think. We get Apple pie ice cream from the swap tonight though for Garys bday. He also got a surprise pair of copper morans from the homefair we did. Cool stuff, I was telling Eileen about it and realized it makes the bad stuff taste even better if you don’t do it all the time. Americans don’t realize how much they deaden their sense of taste by overuse.

  4. Laura H says:

    I got really excited when I saw the title of the recipe!

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