What Your Ice Cream Is Missing: Sweet Sundae Sauces
On its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it's really great. But that doesn't mean you can't make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That's where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you're eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren't tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they're easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you're feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning's brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.
Jeff lets the natural sweetness of juicy seasonal strawberries shine in his vibrant sauce. To balance the flavor, he looks to a squeeze of lemon juice, and cornstarch helps to thicken the mixture. When it comes to serving, follow Jeff's lead and finish your ice cream sundae with this sauce and a sprinkle of salted peanuts for a welcome crunchy texture.
If you've ever ordered an iced mocha at the coffee shop and thought about how good the drink would be with ice cream, you'll want to try Katie's quick-fix sauce. A couple of teaspoons of instant espresso infuse the semisweet chocolate with a subtle scent and taste of coffee, while a few drops of vanilla mixed in before serving round out the flavors.
It takes only four ingredients to turn out Marcela's fuss-free recipe. Sweetened condensed milk offers a thick, rich base for the peanut butter, which is made especially luxurious with the addition of butter.