Gizzi’s salted caramel sauce
Making Gizzi Erskine's pavlova from our October issue? Here's how to make the salted caramel sauce topping:
Put 320g caster sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a large saucepan and melt over a low heat, shaking the pan rather than stirring. Turn up the heat and bring the syrup to the boil – do not stir as this will cause crystals to appear.
The sugar syrup will slowly turn into caramel: it's ready when it has become a medium mahogany colour and the room smells of caramel.
Quickly but carefully pour in 250ml double cream then beat it back to a smooth texture, as the cold cream will make the caramel lumpy. Beat in 120g unsalted butter, the seeds from a vailla pod and 1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt.
When smooth and combined, transfer to sterilised jars to cool. It will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.