Crushed-Blackberry Sundaes With Caramel Sauce

Total Time:
50 min
35 min
15 min

4 servings

  • For the Blackberries:
  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cassis liqueur
  • For the Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Sundaes:
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted, cooled and roughly chopped
  • Freshly whipped cream
  • Prepare the blackberries: Combine the blackberries, sugar and cassis in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then crush with a fork.

  • Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce: Combine the cream and vanilla pod and seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

  • Whisk the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium nonreactive saucepan over high heat. Cook until dark golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and slowly add the vanilla-infused cream (it will splatter), stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Return to the heat and cook until smooth. Remove from the heat, discard the vanilla pod and stir in the butter and salt.

  • For each sundae, place a scoop of ice cream in a parfait glass and top with caramel sauce, blackberries and pecans. Repeat 2 more times and top with whipped cream.

  • Photograph by Andrew Mccaul

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