The only three homemade ice cream sauce recipes you will ever need.
Really! Salted Caramel, Delicious Chocolate and Supreme Strawberry, as you can see make one awesome Banana Split!
Or what about a Tin Roof? That’s when you drizzle a huge slab of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, sprinkle with spanish skinned salted peanuts and rinse and repeat. You have to try it!
We have always used ice cream sauces – the ones you buy at the grocery store, but we don’t anymore! Besides, the flavour of fresh homemade sauces just doesn’t compare with the store bought kind. Am I right?
Spooning that thick delicious homemade ice cream sauce onto your ice cream, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs – you can put it on whatever your heart desires.
These recipes make about a 1 to 1 1/2 cups of sauce, so if you are feeding a crowd you may want to double up.
It’s always nice to make a fresh batch of homemade ice cream sauce and I find each of the three sauces keep about a week to 10 days in the refrigerator.
- I’ve included the salted caramel sauce recipe again here, and you can also find it an earlier blog post, Salted Caramel Sauce.
- The chocolate sauce comes from food.com and it’s amazing, it almost hardens on the ice cream!
- The strawberry sauce recipe I created from one of my strawberry pie fillings, I posted about it earlier in the year on Strawberry Pie | A Little Magic Filled With Joy
Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp. almond flavoured liqueur
Directions (Prep time – about 30 minutes):
In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
Remove from heat and add the liqueur
Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
Pour into glass jars for storage
Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
Chocolate Sauce Recipe (Lee Lee’s Famous Chocolate Sauce Recipe – food.com)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2-2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup water ( more or less, as needed to make a stirable consistency)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions (prep time total – 15 minutes)
- Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in small saucepan.
- Add enough water to make stirable consistency.
- Add butter to cocoa mixture.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
- Allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring.
- Remove from heat.
- Add vanilla.
- Serve warm over ice cream.
Supreme Strawberry Ice Cream Sauce
- 1 cup of mashed strawberries
- 3/4 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 3 tbsp. cornstarch
- 4 cups of sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
Directions – total prep time about 30 minutes
- Cook the mashed strawberries in the water, bring to a boil then strain into a measuring cup. Add enough water to make one cup.
- Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and juice and stir quickly, bring to a boil and then cook for about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the strawberries.
The first time you serve these amazing homemade ice cream sauces the Crowd Will Go Wild!
This 5 Layer Tomato Pie is so easy and delicious, you will be making it again and again.
You know, when you have to think about what to have for dinner and you have absolutely no idea, and very little time to make something, this is IT.
We love savory pies, like our awesome Chicken Pot Pie in Puff Pastry – it’s delish!
This delicious tomato pie freezes really well too, so this could become a staple in your make ahead meal planning.
I used vine ripened tomatoes, and think that Roma would be another good variety. The trick is to make sure you don’t have too much watery fruit that will turn the mixture soggy.
Baking the pie crust first prevents a soggy pie crust bottom as well.
I made the pie last weekend, and it was amazing! Do you love the fancy ribbon effect on my pie crust?
The original recipe comes from my friend Jonathan, over at our Perfect Pies facebook group, so thanks to Jonathan! If you love pies and baking, this is a wonderful group to share recipes and tips and to show off your pies!
Deep dish pie shell baked and cooled.
3 large ripe tomatoes cut into wedges (use Roma or ‘on the vine’ that have low juice content)
3 green onions finely chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
1 cup mayonnaise
4 slices bacon – cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1st Layer – Tomatoes onions and spices
2nd Layer – One half cup mayonnaise spread over tomatoes
3rd Layer – Sharp cheddar cheese
4th Layer – Tomatoes onions and spices
5th Layer – One half cup mayonnaise spread over tomatoes
Layer the bacon and Parmesan cheese on top.
Bake your tomato pie in the bottom third of an oven at 350F degrees/175 C for 40 minutes or until it bubbles and is light brown on top.
Packed with vegetables and goodness you really don’t need anything else at all!
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Best Homemade BBQ Sauce.
Okay so I usually blog about pies, pastry and desserts right? Well, that’s true, but a gal can’t live on pie alone! So this blog is all about BBQ sauce – my homemade BBQ sauce, so easy to do, you must try this! Tangy woodsy smoky flavour that just can’t be beat – and will make your BBQ’s the best ticket in town!
This post was originally published on August 16, 2015 and updated on June 30, 2017.
This recipe has been in the family for many years and was always ready for ribs, hamburgers, chicken, pulled pork or anything at all. I can remember some awesome ribs at the cottage! First the ribs would be marinated overnight in the fridge, and the marinade was full of garlic, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar – maybe a beer or two? We would always parboil the ribs first. Mom had a special way of having the butcher cut them as well.
I’ve found that most folks are very passionate about their BBQ Sauce!
Then the BBQ would be lit and once it was ready – trays of delicious racks of ribs would come outside, all dressed in this amazing BBQ sauce. The cottage was a family gathering spot, for birthdays, anniversaries but usually just a hot summer weekend and you really don’t need a reason to cook up a mess a ribs do you?
So please enjoy this Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, and be surprised by how quickly it becomes your family’s favorite!
1 cup smoke flavoured BBQ sauce ( I use Kraft Hickory )
1/4 cup ketchup (your favorite)
1/4 cup molasses
4 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco)
Preparation (about 10 minutes)
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on med-low for 10 minutes
Let cool and pour into glass jars.
**You can double the recipe which is what I do and it will make two pints.
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Best Homemade BBQ Sauce
*Republished from 2015
Easy Homemade Strawberry Donuts.
Now you know I’ve been talking about making homemade donuts for months. Seriously. I even bought my donut pan at Christmas! (Hint: If you are heading to get one – buy the 12 donut pan)
But you know how it goes, first this thing, then that, yadda, yadda, yadda.
So today is the day.
These Homemade Strawberry Donuts are so easy! You guys! Why didn’t anyone tell me?
It’s Strawberry season here in Ontario, Canada so I wanted to use those luscious fresh berries, both in the donut batter and in the yummy frosting. I’ve included a strawberry donut frosting recipe too! If you love strawberries as much as I do, be sure to check out my recipe for Strawberry Pie!
And these Strawberry Baked Donuts (adapted from Oprah.com) are so yummilicious I dare you to have just one. Yep I do!
There are lots of recipes out there. Williams-Sonoma (where I got my donut pan) and also this one from Oprah.
I’ve adapted these and put my own spin on the recipe – I’m sure you will love the result. Enjoy!
Easy Homemade Strawberry Donuts baked at home! This recipe is so easy you may never buy donuts again! Bake a big batch and pop them in the freezer.
Servings: 1 dozen
light brown sugar
finely chopped strawberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together oil, evaporated milk, vanilla, and eggs
Add to dry ingredients.
Stir just until combined, add vinegar, and mix thoroughly being careful not to overmix.
Fold in ½ cup strawberries.
Lightly grease a doughnut pan
Fill molds three-quarters full and bake about 12 minutes
Strawberry Frosting Recipe:
Mix together remaining ¼ cup strawberries, powdered sugar, and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, mixing until you have a thick paste - you may need either more powdered sugar or lemon juice.
Place doughnuts on a cooling rack and with parchment paper underneath, spread glaze on tops.
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Starbucks Banana Bread!
Banana walnut bread is real comfort food, chock full of sweet bananas, sugar and crunchy walnuts it satisfies on so many levels! My mother-in-law was an amazing baker and I’ve used her recipe for years, and shared it with so many of my friends.
This post was originally published August 23, 2016 and updated on March 19, 2017.
I like to have a slice after dinner, slightly warmed and spread with butter, it almost melts in my mouth! I’m one of those people who always has at least 5 or 6 frozen black bananas in the freezer, I just can’t throw them out when the over ripen. Sometimes I use them in smoothies,and banana chocolate chip pancakes are the bomb!
Recently I’ve been itching to bake some copycat recipes and Starbucks was at the top of the list! Starbucks banana walnut bread is so moist and delicious I don’t know how anyone can resist! So I’m making a copycat version using a banana walnut bread recipe I found on food.com – a great recipe database. I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3 in my version of Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread.
We also love our Starbucks (Copycat) Lemon Loaf recipe, so be sure to check it out!
This Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe is a quick bread or a no yeast bread and just like muffins, requires a light hand when mixing. In fact you really don’t mix at all – more like folding the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients. Over mixing might give you a nice smooth batter, but I can guarantee your Banana Bread will be dry and tough. And that would be just so disappointing! So the lesson here is to treat your batter lovingly and gently mix it together.
Here is the copycat Starbucks banana bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
The secret to a really good banana bread is that it's moist and delicious . This copycat recipe from Starbucks does the trick and I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3, as well as including some chocolate chunks.
starbucks banana bread
Calories: 419 kcal
ripe medium-large, mashed
in addition to 1/2 cup- for the topping.
Preheat oven to 325.
Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.
Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.
Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
I found that by adding the extra banana I needed to bake the Banana Bread for the full 60 minutes - check your oven - times will vary.
Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe (Copycat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 11g
Total Carbohydrates 56g
Dietary Fiber 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tip: I changed the recipe up and added 1/3 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter. Finish your baked Starbucks banana bread with some yummy cream cheese frosting.
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Chocolate Rum Truffles? Oh yes please!
I’m super excited to be working with U. S. Sauce Co. in 2017 so look for more ‘hot’ n’ sweet sponsored posts! This recipe features their Hot n’ Honey Hot Sauce from U.S. Sauce Co.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love you forever when you show up with these delicious sweet treats. The shot of real rum gets kicked up a notch when we add hot sauce!
Our Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake has a little heat in it too! I think you will love it. 🙂
Chocolate and spices like cayenne and chili are a natural. Have you tried this amazing combination yet? Please be sure to check out my Chocolate Mayan Bundt Cake recipe. It will become your goto for chocolate cake!
Homemade chocolates are truly a gift from the heart, and this Chocolate Rum Truffles recipe is so easy you will be thrilled with the results.
Why not double the batch and give out special boxes of six truffles each? Six beautiful gifts to share. Homemade chocolates are so special and there are some really great recipes out there. I like Martha Stewart’s and there is a really nice recipe at Epicurious
Or maybe just keep all of these delicious Chocolate Rum Truffles for you and your honey….
I like to get all of my ingredients out and the tools that I will need, like measuring spoons and cups, the cookie sheet lined with parchment, candy cups, etc. and that usually saves me quite a bit of time.
dark semi-sweet chocolate
cold strong coffee
dark rum or brandy
Hot n Honey Hot Sauce
unsweetened cocoa powder
Put chocolate in a large heatproof bowl
Add coffee and cream
Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave it until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally
Remove bowl from pan and beat the chocolate with an electric mixer for 10-15 minutes until thick enough to stand in soft peaks
Add rum and hot sauce and beat 2-3 minutes longer
Chill covered 1/2 hours or until firm and at the same time chill a cookie sheet
Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and sift the cocoa over the paper
Stand 18 candy cups on a small tray
Drop teaspoonfuls of the truffle mixture onto the cocoa powder
Roll in the cocoa, shaping into balls and place each ball in a candy cup
For gift giving, pack each candy cup in a beautiful valentine box.
Keep your truffles in an air tight container in a cool place until ready to serve.