Easy Caramel Sauce | The Pioneer Woman

I needed a quick and easy caramel sauce for a small pumpkin pecan cake I made today from the leftover pumpkin pie mix, so I hit Google to look for one. Scrolling through the choices, I spotted the Pioneer Woman’s blog and her Easy Caramel Sauce, and I knew that was the one. She keeps things simple and delicious. I made mine with pumpkin spice flavored coffee creamer, and it turned out great!


“I made this easy caramel sauce (emphasis on unbelievably luscious) yesterday for the thousandth hundredth millionth time, and while it appears on this website as part of this Ice Cream Pie recipe (which, incidentally, was posted almost exactly four years ago, which was approximately four years after I started blogging, which means I’ve almost been doing this website blogging internet web crazy thing for 8 years, which means my jeans don’t fit), I realized that I’ve never posted the recipe for the sauce by itself. And it’s just so wonderful, so incredibly delicious, so easy…I wanted to right that wrong immediately so that it could be easily available for whatever desserts you need it for.”

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The Golden Years

All you have to do to find the benefits of Golden paste, is Google or Bing it!

It’s good for you, and your pets.


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This recipe may be used for humans as well as animals.


  • 1/2 cup (125 mls/60gms) turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water (250 mls) PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
  • 1/3 cup (70 mls) Raw/Cold Pressed/Unrefined Coconut/Flaxseed-Linseed Oil, Virgin/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


Please be sure to get some freshly ground black pepper. I used what I had, but I will get some for the next batch.


Combine 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup turmeric in a saucepan over medium heat.


With a whisk, mix the turmeric into the water, to create your paste.


Have that extra cup of water handy, because in my experience, the paste thickens and clumps up very fast! I used 1 & 1/2 cups of water for my paste.


Cook the paste for a few minutes, whisking, till thick and smooth.

Measure your coconut oil, or other oil: 1/3 cup.


Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the oil and whisk till smooth.


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Add your freshly ground black pepper to the paste and whisk it it.


Your Golden Paste is done and ready to eat. This recipe made 2 cups of paste.

Be sure to store what you can’t use within 2 weeks, in the freezer. One great way to do this is put 1 tsp into rubber candy molds and freeze, then pop out and store in a baggie till needed.


I put about 2 tsp in hot milk to make Golden Milk. You should give this a try! Add a dash of cinnamon or cocao powder to your paste, to taste.


I love this stuff, I even prefer it to coffee in the morning!




Golden Paste – Turmeric Recipes

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Here at Meem’s house, we love the Golden Milk made from this paste so much so, that we’ve even opted for it in place of the morning coffee! Give it a try, you will be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to make. I purchased my ground, certified organic Turmeric at Natural Grocers in Lubbock. It came in a 6 oz, (by weight), resealable pouch, for $3.25.

I share my Golden Paste with a friend whose husband has injuries from when he was in the service, and he told me how much it helps him.

I haven’t made any in awhile but I’m going to try to be more consistent about giving it to my 11 year old Lab, Minnie, to help her with her joints. Sweet Minnie Girl.

Watch Lilly Banhidy’s short Video below on How to make Golden Paste & Golden Paste Blobs (so you can take GP on the go).

My version of Chef Billy Parisi’s Apple Cake


Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

This looked so fabulous to me this morning, so I decided I would give it a try. As I began to gather the ingredients, I realized this was going to be a typical Deana baking fiasco.

I love to cook, I just don’t like to shop. When I want to make something, and I am missing a few ingredients, I scour my cupboards and frig for substitutions that will suffice. Sometimes (most times) I add extra things that I like. Once in a while it works, and today was no exception. Billy‘s recipe calls for sour cream, of which I had none, so I pulled out my last lemon cream pie yogurt. Have you seen the prices on Honey Crisp Apples?  Highway robbery! 2 Gala’s and 1 Granny Smith would have to do. I didn’t have Almond meal for the streusel, but I did have Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Flax seed meal, and thought the nutty favor would be perfect.


I had planned on making a batch of granola today, but I didn’t have enough oats for that so the whole oats, shredded coconut and pecan halves all went into the streusel instead.


I always have self-rising flour in stock, so I used that in place of the all purpose four and baking powder. I left the salt out too, since I had bought salted butter to make rice krispies treats. The batter came out so rich and creamy!


I greased the cast iron dutch oven with coconut oil, and spooned the thick batter into the pot. I had the streusel ready, and crumbled it over the top, completely covering the batter.


I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes before I checked the batter, and it was not done. i put 10 more minutes on the timer and checked it again, still not done, but after another 10 minutes, I took it out and let it rest on the stove. For that final 20 minutes, I  put my flat cast iron skillet under the dutch over,  because I was worried that the bottom would over cook.


It turned out perfect, I was a little surprised, actually. The topping was perfectly toasted and crunchy & delicious. The bread of the cake was so moist and soft and perfectly cooked. the bottom was not burned! Yeah 🙂 It turned out so good! The one thing I didn’t make was the caramel drizzle and I didn’t have ice cream, but it was still delicious, and there’s lots left and the weekend’s not over yet 😉


Please visit Billy’s website for the complete recipe: http://www.billyparisi.com/apple-cake-recipe-oatmeal-streusel/

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This cake is definitely Holiday Gift-Worthy. Make up the caramel sauce, and put it n a pretty little jar with a ribbon and the recipe on a card. Viola! Merry Christmas ❤


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Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

Lots of leftover apples? Try this tempting Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel that is covered in caramel and ice cream!

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Sweet Potato Pie Dutch Baby. – Half Baked Harvest

Sweet Potato Pie Dutch Baby – so easy to prepare, just add everything to a blender, blend, pour into a skillet & bake…DELICIOUS! From halfbakedharvest.com

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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce – Budget Bytes

It only takes 10 minutes to make this super easy red enchilada sauce that is bursting with flavor. Never buy the canned stuff again! Step by step photos.


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Oatmeal Lace Ice Cream | Two Red Bowls

Brown sugar cinnamon ice cream with toasty toffee-like bits of oatmeal lace cookie, inspired by Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace Ice Cream from Ample Hills Creamery.

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