Salted Caramel Sundae with Peanuts: Recipe of the Week


Salted Caramel Sundae with Peanuts {Michael Symon}

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re a procrastinator like me, you didn’t think ahead to make those special dinner reservations 2 – 3 weeks ago at the newest trendy spot. No worries! I’ve got a simple, elegant dessert that’s sure to satisfy the greatest flavor combination there is – sweet and salty! The roasted nuts in this recipe add yet another salty, crunchy layer to an already addictive flavor combo.




1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ teaspoon salt
1 pint vanilla bean ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
1 cup roasted peanuts


In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over low heat.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and 3 tablespoons of water. With a wet pastry brush, wipe down the insides of the pan to make sure there are no sugar crystals sticking to the side. Put the pan over high heat, cover (which helps prevent crystallization), and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Uncover and check the color. If the boiling sugar mixture is still pale, cover and continue cooking until light amber, about 1 minute. Uncover and swirl the pan to gently mix the sugar mixture.

When the sugar becomes golden brown, remove it from the heat and slowly whisk in the warm cream. Return to low heat and add the butter and salt, whisking until the butter is melted and fully incorporated. The sauce is ready to be served, but will continue to thicken as it sits. If the sauce gets too thick, reheat over low heat to loosen it.

Spoon a large scoop of vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt) into 4 bowls. To make it more festive, I served my sundaes in martini glasses. Top with warm caramel sauce and peanuts. Serve immediately.


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