Isn’t that sweetness in combination with a bit of saltiness amazing? And were you just as worried as I was that when the trend was over, you wouldn’t be able to find salted caramel anything anywhere? Thank goodness for other sensible people like us, who realized that dessert can never go away again, and who have kept using it in all sorts of desserts and treats.
How salted caramel is made?
Any caramel is made by burning refined sugar in a pan and adding milk and/or cream and butter. Salted caramel is often made with sea salt because of the slightly more refined or nuanced flavor of sea salt. The texture of the bigger granules of sea salt also make for a nice contrast in the smooth silky caramel.
So let’s make sure you know where to get your fix, by category (sometimes you feel like a macaron, sometimes you want something salted caramel for dessert after a nice dinner, and sometimes it’s a cupcake kinda day, right?) across the UAE. And a few wildcards to try.
Let’s start with macarons
Le Café at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi has a good selection of macarons which sometimes includes salted caramel. In Dubai, Laduree has branches in several locations, and salted caramel is always available. There is Pierre Herme at Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall who carry the salted caramel flavour as well.
Moving on to ice cream
Market Kitchen at Le Royal Meridien in Abu Dhabi is famous for its salted caramel sundae and Majlis at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi serves up a salted caramel milkshake, just like Tom & Serg in Dubai. Mazina at The Address Dubai Marina has chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream. Jean-Georges at the Four Seasons Dubai has another culinary experience in store for you with his salted caramel sundae with popcorn and caramelized peanuts. To top it off, La Parilla at Jumeirah Beach Hotel serves salted caramel ice cream with their churros!
Cakes and Cupcakes
For cakes in Dubai, there is the salted caramel cheesecake at The Black Lion at the H Hotel, a chocolate and peanut butter fondant with salted caramel sauce at The Scene at Pier 7 and a salted caramel ganache with raspberry sorbet and candied orange at Coya at the Four Seasons. Jones the Grocer also has a lovely chocolate and salted caramel tart. For a salted caramel cupcake, head to Alba at the Ritz Carlton at the Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi.