I was reading this book called "Cross my Heart" by Julie Wright and the main character had quite an addiction to caramel steamers. I have never had one, but it sounded really yummy, so I looked it up. It appears to be a simple mixture of hot milk and caramel sauce. So I went to work and whipped up some simple homemade caramel sauce to mix with my hot milk. Result? Delicious!!! I love this quick little treat that I can enjoy now. I hope you enjoy it too!
-2/3 cup sugar
-1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-1 tsp lemon juice
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar with the butter. Cook over low-medium heat, undisturbed for about 8 minutes or until it becomes a beautiful golden-brown color. Now you can give it a good stir. Add the heavy cream, lemon juice and salt. Cook for another minute. Stir in the vanilla. Mix and remove from stove.
To make the steamer, fill a regular 10 oz cup with milk. Microwave for a couple of minutes or until very hot (do not boil!). Add 4-5 Tbs of the caramel sauce and mix very well. Enjoy your steamer!
Store remaining caramel sauce in the fridge until ready to use again. Enjoy!