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Brown Sugar Sauce Recipe

Brown Sugar Sauce

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"A rich topping for coffee cake! Cream may be substituted for the milk."

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Original recipe makes 2 -1/2 cups Change Servings


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. In a medium-size bowl, stir flour with sugar. Then whisk into melted butter until mixture is moistened. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until thickened and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in brandy and vanilla. Remove from heat.
  2. Serve right away over Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce. Or cover and refrigerate for a week or more. Reheat just before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 03, 2008

This sauce was amazing!! Poured it over hot bread pudding and didnt add the brandy, yummm!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 21, 2009

I made this for the Apple Coffee Cake on this site and it was very good (makes the coffee cake taste more like dessert.) However, I should have listened to other reviewers who said it had too much brandy--I didn't heed their advice, as I of am a follower of the line regarding cooking "When in doubt add more wine/alcohol"---but 1/4 cup brandy overpowered the flavor of the sauce. If I make it again I will use no more than 2-3 tablespoons of brandy. In addition, although the sauce thickened nicely, it could be a little creamier, so I will use half heavy whipping cream and half milk next time. Finally, I think the wording of the recipe needs to be fixed as it says to stir the sauce frequently. This is the wrong wording for this type of sauce. Any sugar-based sauce that is not stirred constantly or left unattended will burn within a minute or two, so as the granddaughter or a former candy maker I advise that you continuously stir and scrape down the sides of the pan to prevent burning or else you will ruin your sauce and create a problem when you try to clean your pan.

Sep 27, 2003

WOW! This sauce was so easy to make and so delicious. I made it without the brandy and it tasted like a wonderful butterscotch sauce. I served it over warm bread pudding, yum yum! I highly recomend it.

Feb 21, 2005

Used the cream as suggested. I really couldn't serve this because I kept sneaking a taste and there almost was not enough left. :-) It's really wonderful and I think it would be okay without the brandy if you don't have that on hand.

Feb 19, 2008

This is delicious. I made this to put on homemade cinnamon rolls. When I went to make the that goes with the rolls, I realized that I was out of powdered sugar. I searched for an icing recipe made without pwd sugar and found this. It was delightful and wonderfully rich. I left out the brandy because I was serving it to my kids, though. I think it would be wonderful with pecans. Definitely a recipe I will keep on hand as a nice icing alternative.

Nov 30, 2005

I didn't have brandy, so I didn't use it. Next time I'll skip the vanilla too. I tasted it before the vanilla and thought it was wonderful, but when I put in the vanilla it didn't taste as good. I also used pecans instead of walnuts, because I like them better. Overall, easy to make.

Apr 12, 2003

A quick and simple sauce, with great results. I've made this twice over the holidays, always producing a smooth, great tasting sauce. My only suggestion would be to reduce the amount of brandy a bit, as it is just a tad overpowering.

Apr 12, 2003

I found this a little too sweet- my family liked it though, and it went well with the cinnamon apple coffee cake! I used semi skimmed milk, and Baileys Cream Whisky (instead of Brandy), yummy, but you have to be carefull at ALL stages to avoid clumping, not just when whisking in the sugar.


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  • Calories
  • 135 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 47 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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