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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Best Ice-Cream Sundae You'll Ever Have (With Bourbon Caramel Sauce)

A scoop of creamy ice-cream is the loveliest way to end a long day, don't you think? So when Dana of Minimalist Baker sent over her recipe for a killer ice-cream sundae you can make in less than 15 minutes, I nearly fell off my chair. Here’s how to whip one up...
The Best Ice Cream Sundae You'll Ever Have
By Dana, author of Minimalist Baker and co-author of the new Charity Water E-Cookbook


There's a lot I could say about ice cream, but let's start with this: it's my favorite. When I thought about sharing my ultimate sundae on Cup of Jo, all kinds of ideas swirled around my head—think over-the-top ingredients like homemade peanut butter cups, fudge ripples and banana-infused whipped cream. But when it came down to it, I stuck to the flavors that I know and love best.

My "ultimate sundae" features chocolate and vanilla ice cream from a local dairy here in Kansas, crushed salted peanuts, dark chocolate syrup, sliced banana, homemade whipped cream, and to top it all off, a homemade caramel bourbon sauce that's probably the best condiment I've ever put in my mouth.

If you make this sundae, you simply mustn't go without this sauce. It requires just a handful of simple ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes. Who knew such a small commitment could yield such a grand prize? Bottom line: the main focus here is quality ingredients. Source local ingredients where you can and keep it as fresh, simple and decadent as possible. After all, what would an ultimate sundae be without that?

Recipe: Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae with Caramel Bourbon Sauce
Makes 1 serving


You'll need:

For the sundae:
1 scoop quality chocolate ice cream
1 scoop quality vanilla ice cream
1 tbsp. dark chocolate sauce
1 tbsp. crushed salted peanuts
1/4 banana, sliced
1/4 cup homemade bourbon caramel sauce (recipe below)
Homemade whipped cream, for topping

For the 15-minute bourbon caramel sauce:
1 cup sugar
½ cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. bourbon (we used Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey)
Pinch of salt (optional)

Scoop ice cream into a sundae dish, bowl or wine glass, and go wild with toppings. This is the ultimate sundae: go big or go home.

For the caramel sauce: Simmer sugar and ¼ cup water on medium heat, swirling pan (NOT stirring) for about 15 minutes, or until a deep amber color is reached. Then turn off burner, remove from heat and slowly add cream while stirring. Add pinch of salt and bourbon and place back on still-warm burner for another minute while stirring. Transfer to a heat-safe dish or bottle and let cool. Store covered in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature or heat in a warm water bath before serving.
How delicious does this look?! Thank you so much, Dana!

P.S. More best recipes, including salted caramel brownies and a chocolate ice cream (no machine required).

(Recipe and photos by Dana of Minimalist Baker. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

48 comments:

Jocy said...

This looks too good. Sometimes, I'll add a dash of bourbon vanilla to my bircher muesli. I suspect bourbon caramel is also really good.

Chloe Moon said...

I wish I had this breakfast right now...I have to make the bourbon caramel sauce!!! It sounds absolutely delicious!!

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Miyan said...

drooling on my keyboard! that sounds like the best dessert ever! going to have to try this! thanks for sharing :)

Miyan
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Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness, it looks incredible! It looks so good that I want to lick the screen - giggle! Kisses

Sascha said...

Looks lovely! I'll look into how to make it vegan! Like Chloe Moon, I'd love to have it for breakfast!

Adriane /// The A and B Stories said...

Um, this looks like HEAVEN.

Cotton Bird Designs said...

Looks delicious!

michele said...

is it wrong that i just raised both arms in the air and shouted THANK YOU JESUS?

holy yum.

smiles to you.

michele

Freya Lily said...

I really should get into making ice cream things more. That looks amazing!

Hannah said...

This looks amazing! How long will the caramel bourbon sauce keep? I'm curious if I can make the sauce and give to friends as gifts this year.

Rebekah Daphne said...

Oh my. Christmas gifts ahoy!

Janel said...

I grew up eating this Sundae minus the bourbon sauce. We called them mini splits in our house. It is still my favorite way to eat I cream, which isn't often. But I think I may have to head out to the grocery just so I can make the sauce. Gotta try it....

House Of Hemingway said...

I've made this before and it is to die for! I think I just drooled all over my keyboard....

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Abby said...

Oh my, this looks divine!

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Lauren Ashley said...

How decadent!

Kristin @ w/milk and sugar said...

mmm, bourbon caramel sauce. sounds amazing!

kate365til30 said...

The idea to mix bourbon and ice cream is a brilliant one! SOOO delicious!
xx
Kate

Ann said...

im sorry but those photos are absolutely criminal.

Deb Harvey said...

That looks Amazing!!! I have to try it! Gorgeous photography, too!

Erin said...

Just emailed friends to organize party around making and eating this. So excited!

Marie Matter said...

OMG. That sauce sounds incredible!

Lejla said...

This looks dangerous! :)

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jean goddard said...

This caramel sauce looks delicious!

Inner-Outer Beauty said...

Looks beyond delish!!
Caroline

Rachel Lawson said...

It's only 9am and you've got me craving ice cream!! Looks soo yummy!

xo
Rachel
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Unknown said...

drooling...

Jenn D said...

I may or may not be drooling at the office....

Kerri Lynne said...

Yum! I STARTED my day off with a cookie-dough ice cream cone. You can get away with anything while you're pregnant... :)

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing! This is glorious. I wish I weren't dieting...

Wendy said...

That's the kind of desert that you want to indulge in when no one else is around.

1. Because you don't want to share...

And, 2. because you don't want to be seen inhaling it. Which I would. Absolutely delicious looking!

Leah // Freutcake said...

Oh dear God! That just made my mouth water like crazy! So hungry for that sunday right now.

Ruby Sterland said...

This looks SO yummy! And putting it in a wine glass is a really good alternative to a sundae glass. I'm going to find an excuse to try this :-)
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Jennifer Beaudet said...

Pinning onto my "Yum" board!

wallabybedtime said...

that. sounds. AWESOME.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

This is my kind of dessert and so easy.

Fondly,
Glenda

Kristina said...

Yummmmm, need this in my life!!

Kristina

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Thriving Wives said...

Yum, I'm tempted to make that caramel sauce for gifts!

Strive to Thrive,
Nic
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LEIGH said...

That looks too amazing! My mouth is watering now!!!!

Unknown said...

first of all, caramel = yum. secondly, bourbon caramel? stop.

-caroline @thecopperavocado.com

Nicole Marie said...

that iphone tripod is the best idea ever! i want one for myself!

Resa Wilkinson said...

Oh MY! YES Please! :)

Lesley said...

Well sadly I don't know what it tastes like but it sure does look like the best ice cream sundae ever. Sigh...

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Amazeballs

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jesshfletch said...

Is the dark choc sauce homemade or shop bought? I'm in Aus so your shop bought items might not be available to me...IT LOOKS AMAZING and I really want to try it :-)

Charlotte Robinson said...
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Charlotte Robinson said...

I'm drooling so much even though I just ate, haha! Recently saw an infographic for the world's most expensive ice cream http://www.pureinfographics.com/2012/08/30/ice-cream-sundae-infographic/, but I'd choose this one any day (unless I randomly win the lottery, haha!)

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