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Hard Sauce Recipe

Hard Sauce

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"A quick and easy hard sauce that is a tasty topping on most things! Try this over bread pudding, or pumpkin pie."

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  1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in by degrees the brandy and a drop of almond essence.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 26, 2006

Merci Monsieur Boyer! My french-canadian grandfather used to make a similar sauce to put on his bread pudding and his last name was Boyer too! I figured it had to be a sign. I did add cornstarch and a bit of water to thicken it. It was delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 03, 2004

the recipe calls for white sugar, I interpreted this to mean regular granulated,--confectioner's sugar would make this a great recipe.


13 Ratings

Jul 31, 2008

I made this recipe to go with bread pudding. I took it to work, and my coworkers loved it. Very Good

Aug 05, 2010

If you are having problems with the recipe being "gritty", then use powdered sugar. That's the way I've always made it. Start with a half cup and add until it's about the texture of peanut butter. If it's "firm" that's okay because it will melt on the warm bread pudding. I use pure vanilla extract instead of brandy and almond extract.

Jan 12, 2007

GREAT! Had made a spice cake and wanted something different instead of plain frosting. I did use confectioner's sugar and had no problem with it being too thin. In fact, I added a bit more brandy. It was wonderful topped on the spice cake and the ex-husband put some on his cheesecake (and took the rest home and PO'd the new wife...evil giggle!) Thanks for a great recipe!

Feb 04, 2009

white sugar, to me, means granulated sugar. recipe was gritty & thick. Was it meant as "powdered sugar"? I was making it to top Bread Pudding. Decided to melt it, then had to make adjustments, as it tasted like sweet melted butter.

Dec 24, 2011

Yes, definitely confectioners sugar! Plus way more brandy. My family recipe calls for adding brandy to the beaten sugar and butter gradually until the mix can hold no more. The almond extract is not in the traditional old english recipe.

Mar 16, 2009

To the person that found the sauce 'gritty', you didn't beat the butter and sugar together long enough.


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  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

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

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