Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day #SundaySupper...Featuring Deluxe Salted Caramel Turtle Sundae

This week, #SundaySupper is celebrating Mother’s Day! Our hostess is my sweet friend Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla. I quidkly decided that I wanted to feature a special dessert recipe to honor my sweet Mom, Mary Wofford. When it comes to dessert, I know her like the back of my hand: it must have chocolate! The weather here in Texas is starting to really warm up, so I decided to create an over-the-top Deluxe Salted Caramel Turtle Sundae for her. This dessert will be on our Mother's Day celebration ment, and it’s a real winner. If you’ve never had a caramel turtle candy, it features caramel and pecans coated in rich chocolate…it’s a magical combination of flavors and textures!

This rich Mom-worthy sundae features dulce de leche ice cream, a so-simple homemade salted caramel sauce, good-quality store-bought hot fudge sauce, Texas pecans, and a bit of whipped cream for good measure. To truly make it deluxe, I made some cute puff pastry triangles dredged in cinnamon sugar, dipped in chocolate, and sprinkled with more pecans. The salted caramel sauce and puff pastry garnishes can be made a day or two ahead – making this sundae a snap to whip up at a moment’s notice.This sundae is a special dessert for my very special Mom!

Deluxe Salted Caramel Turtle Sundae
Caramel sauce adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Ingredients (for four sundaes):
  • 1 pint dulce de leche ice cream [NOTE: If you can't locate dulce de leche ice cream, use a good-quality vanilla ice cream instead]
  • 1 cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup whipped cream
For the salted caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the puff pastry garnish:
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Step 1: Up to two days ahead, make the salted caramel sauce. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, butter, and half-and-half to a non-stick saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking every few minutes, until the butter melts and a caramel sauce is formed. Cook for 7 minutes, then add the vanilla. The mixture will bubble quite a bit once you add the vanilla, so keep whisking and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool for 5 minutes. The caramel sauce will look on the thin side, but it thickens as it cools. Pour into a plastic container and cool for an hour, then store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Step 2: Make the puff pastry garnish. Cut squares of puff pastry into small triangles. Cook at 350 until puffed and golden – about 15-20 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, toss them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and let cool. Once they are completely cool, melt the chocolate. Dip the puff pastry triangles in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Cool until the chocolate has hardened, then store in an airtight container or storage bag.

Step 3: To assemble the sundaes, place ½ cup of the dulce de leche ice cream in a bowl or martini glass. Drizzle with a generous amount of the hot fudge sauce and warmed salted caramel sauce. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and add a dollop of whipped cream. Just before serving, garnish with a puff pastry triangle.
Goodness gracious is this ever a fabulous sundae! It very rich, so small servings are perfect. The combination of salted caramel, hot fudge, and pecans works so nicely with the dulce de leche ice cream – and the embellished puff pastry triangles add a nice pop of texture and eye appeal. This dessert is definitely Mom-worthy! Be sure to check out all of the great Mother’s Day recipes that the rest of this week’s #SundaySupper participants are sharing…there’s something that every Mom will love…especially if it’s homemade with love!!
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1 comment:

  1. What a sweet recipe to honor your mom...and anyone special in your life. Looks fabulous!


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