Recipe by carmenskitchen
This is really good and went prefect with my Labor Day menu. The key to the sauce is bringing the heat up gradually from medium to boiling. I always use Haagen-Dazs for both of the ice creams.
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 pints vanilla ice cream
- 2 pints butter pecan ice cream
- toasted pecans
Directions See How It's Made
- For the caramel, mix 1/3 cup water and the sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan.
- Cook, without stirring, over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the sugar dissolves.
- Increase the heat to medium and boil uncovered until the sugar turns a warm chestnut brown (about 350 degrees F on a candy thermometer), 5 to 7 minutes, gently swirling the pan to stir the mixture. Be careful; the mixture is extremely hot!
- Watch the mixture constantly at the end, as it will go from caramel to burnt very quickly. Turn off the heat.
- Stand back to avoid splattering and slowly add the cream and vanilla. The cream will bubble violently and the caramel will solidify; don't worry.
- Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until the caramel dissolves and the sauce is smooth, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours. It will thicken as it sits.
- To assemble the sundaes, place 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream and 1 scoop of butter pecan ice cream in each dish and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Drizzle with caramel sauce and serve extra sauce on the side.