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Friday, December 14, 2012

How To Make A Dessert Sauce


A dessert sauce is a thickened sauce, usually sweetened, that tops a dessert. Dessert sauces can spark a wide array of dessert foods by providing the extra touch that turns an ordinary dessert into a dazzling delight. Ice creams and sherbets, pies, cakes, and fruits or fruit based desserts are frequently dressed up with a sauce. In fact, an intriguing sauce served over a simple base, such as vanilla ice cream or yellow cake, often develops into the star course of a menu.
The most common dessert foods served with a sauce are ice cream and sherbet. Often a spectacular display is created by spooning flaming sauces over each portion. Chocolate or fruit filled sauces can be the beginnings for rich ice cream sundaes and multi-layered parfaits.
Cakes, particularly when unfrosted, and pies can also be glamorized with the addition of a sauce. Cake that has started to dry is revived to moistening goodness by spooning a sauce over each slice. A luscious fruit sauce with a dollop of whipped cream atop is an attractive finish to a serving of light lemon chiffon pie.
Don't forget the easy way to brighten fruit desserts either. A thick custard or lemon sauce transforms a fresh fruit cup finale into a rare treat. Lemon and custard sauces are also traditional crowning touches for fruit-filled steamed puddings and oven fresh cottage puddings.
Sauces not only give desserts a more glamorous touch but also are a quick and convenient way to create a last minute refreshment. Many sauces are prepared in advance, then stored in the refrigerator. These sauces are then served right from the refrigerator; a quick reheating brings the sauces back to their original delicious state.
Here are several dessert sauces for you to try:
Marshmallow Sauce
½ pint jar marshmallow creme
¼ cup pineapple juice
Spoon the marshmallow creme into a small mixer bowl. Gradually add the pineapple juice, beating at high speed until thickened.
Golden Apricot Sauce
1 30-ounce can apricot halves
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice
½ teaspoon almond extract
Drain the apricots, reserving ½ cup of the syrup. Cut up the apricots and stir in the reserved syrup, the sugar, the orange juice, and a dash of salt. Simmer this mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the extract and chill. Serve this sauce over ice cream.
Mocha Sauce
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
1 14 1/2-ounce can evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla ice cream
In a saucepan combine the sugar, the cocoa, the cornstarch, and the coffee powder. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Spoon the sauce over ice cream.
Try these dessert sauces with your next dessert and see not only how easy it is to make a sauce, but how it adds flavor and eye appeal to a simple dessert. Once you try one of these dessert sauces, you will never serve a dessert without a sauce.
If you would like to find some great dessert recipes, you can find some at Baba Spongecake
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