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Caramel Vervet Sauce

Servings: Makes 2 cups Sauce
2 cups whipping cream
1 recipe Caramel Powder (recipe follows below)

In a 6- to 8-quart pan, bring cream and caramel powder to a rolling boil, stirring (powder lumps, then melts). Serve warm or cool.

Caramel Powder

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

1. Line a 10 X 15-inch pan with aluminum foil.

2. In a 10 to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, shake sugar often until melted and amber-colored, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Pour melted sugar onto foil. Let stand until hard, about 30 minutes. Peel off foil and break caramel into chunks.

4. With motor running, drop chunks into a food processor and whirl into a fine powder. Or whirl chunks in batches in a blender. Immediately store in airtight container. Powder keeps indefinitely, but absorbs moisture quickly if exposed to air.

Mixture is fluffier than sugar, so you get more than you start with. For a simple treat, sprinkle onto servings of ice cream.

Makes about 1 cup and 6 tablespoons.

Source: Sunset Magazine
Date: July 21, 2002