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Ice cream sundaes are some of the most enjoyable desserts out there, and they can be quite simple to make! From the classic sundae we all know and love to a creative grilled fruit sundae, read on below for four simple sundae recipes for you to try.
When you think of an ice cream sundae, odds are the first thing that comes to mind is the classic combination of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, and a maraschino cherry. While you can easily get all of these ingredients from the grocery store, you can class up your simple ice cream sundae by making a homemade salted caramel sauce.
For a simple salted caramel syrup, combine half a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly until it becomes a light brown color. Once this happens, add a cup and a half of butter to the mixture and whisk it while it boils. Add a tablespoon of whole milk and one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt, then stir the mixture until combined. Pour it over your ice cream sundae hot or cold and you’re good to go!
Chocolate brownie sundae
Two desserts are always better than one, so try combining two classics with a chocolate brownie sundae. To start, preheat your oven to 325 and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together a cup of flour, half a cup of cocoa powder, and a teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
Next, combine one and a half sticks of unsalted butter and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until melted. Whisk in a cup of granulated sugar and half a cup of packed brown sugar until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat, then whisk in four eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla, and the flour mixture until smooth.
Spread the batter in a baking dish and sprinkle one-third cup of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until they’ve mostly hardened but are still a little gooey. Finally, serve in a cup or small bowl with ice cream, fruit, nuts, or whatever toppings you want!
If you don’t have time to whip up a homemade caramel sauce or bake brownies, a simple Oreo sundae is always a good option. All you need to do is scoop two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass, top with half a cup of chocolate chips and four crushed Oreo cookies, and add whipped cream. For an optional flair, you can dust the top of the entire sundae with Oreo crumbs.
Grilled fruit sundae
The sundae recipes so far have been chocolatey and smooth, but what if you want something more fruity? To make a grilled fruit sundae, start by spraying your grill grate with cooking spray and firing it up to medium-low heat. Stir together three tablespoons of butter, three tablespoons of brown sugar, and one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl.
Brush your choice of sliced banana, peaches, and/or pineapple with the butter mixture. Grill the fruits for three minutes on each side or until grill marks develop. Finally, place the grilled fruit in sundae cups and top evenly with ice cream. Drizzle with your choice of caramel or chocolate syrup and top with chopped nuts and whipped cream.