Category Archives: Dessert Sauces

Easy Microwave Mixed Berry Syrup

Belgian Waffle with Easy Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

When you go out to breakfast, most restaurants will give you an option of having fresh fruit and whipped cream on top of your pancakes or waffles. This is easy to do at home, of course, but it means that you need to plan ahead and make sure that you have some waffle-friendly fruit on hand before you get up in the morning. Sliced watermelon ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Pancakes with Brown Sugar Maple Syrup

Brown Sugar Pancakes with Brown Sugar Maple Syrup

I suspect that one of the reasons that pancakes are usually kept fairly simple – plain or buttermilk seem to make up the vast majority of pancake recipes – is that pancakes are such a great way of serving maple syrup. It’s easy to save the bulk of the flavor for the syrup. But it is also easy to infuse a little more flavor into ... Read More »

Passion Fruit Curd

Passion fruit, also sometimes written as passionfruit, is one of the best smelling fruits out there. Ripe fruit has a stong, sweet, floral scent that just makes you feel as though you’re somewhere tropical. More often than not, the passion fruits sold in US markets are a bit on the dry side, so I’m always thrilled when I can get my hands on some fresh, ... Read More »

Strawberry Curd

A curd is a thick, sweet-tart type of sauce that is typically made with citrus juice, eggs and butter. It is known for being rich in flavor, with a very silky texture. I call it a sauce for lack of a better category, as curds are much thicker than most sauces (rather pudding-like). This version of a curd almost doesn’t fit the description above at ... Read More »

Low Fat Lemon Curd

Light Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a thick and custardy combination of lemon juice, sugar, eggs and butter. It typically has a silky smooth texture and a bright, zesty flavor. It goes well with scones – especially as a contrast to buttery clotted cream – and is often used as a cake filling, tart filling or as a sauce or side for other desserts. For a citrus lover, ... Read More »

Apple Bourbon Bread Pudding

Apple Bourbon Bread Pudding

Apples are not the first fruit I think of to go into bread pudding. For some reason, things like cherries, raspberries and especially various dried fruits seem like more obvious choices to me, despite the popularity of the apple as a baking fruit. They are softer and, in the case of dried fruit, more absorbent. Both seem like better matches for a custardy and tender ... Read More »

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

Chocolate Almond Spread on toast

Nutella is a creamy, rich, chocolate and hazelnut spread that is popular all over the world. The first time I had it, I must have eaten a half-jar of the stuff with a whole baguette and probably would have finished off the jar if the bakery hadn’t been closed already. I would venture to say that it is more widely used outside the US than ... Read More »

Baileys Raspberries

boozy, sugary berries

There are an unlimited number of dessert toppings out there to choose as a finishing touch for your scoop of ice cream or piece of cake, especially as more and more restaurants (and recipe-writers) are experimenting with combinations of salty and sweet things. But there is one thing that tends to shift the scales in the dessert-topping war: booze. Ok – I’ll admit that I ... Read More »

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