Creamy caramel and chocolate crunch sundae recipe

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Prepare to be wowed by this deliciously decadent creamy dessert. It's the perfect end to any meal. Warning: you may want seconds.

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It's getting warmer and this means only one thing, we need ice cream.

This homemade vanilla ice cream topped with salted caramel sauce and crunchy choccy pretzels takes the whole chilled experience to another level.

What could be a more perfect way to cool down in the rising temperatures? We think zilch.

Caramel & choc crunch sundae recipe


  • 250ml (9fl oz) whipping cream
  • 450ml (15fl oz) whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 125g (41⁄2oz) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • chocolate-covered pretzels
  • (see p238)
  • For the salted caramel sauce
  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 115g (4oz) butter, diced
  • 120ml (4fl oz) double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Heat the cream and milk in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat, until hot but not boiling.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Very gradually whisk the hot cream and milk into the egg mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly.

Return the custard to the rinsed-out pan and heat over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens and just coats the back of a spoon.

Do not heat it too fast or for too long, or the eggs will “scramble”. Remove the custard from the heat and transfer to a clean, cold bowl immediately, whisking for a couple of minutes to cool it down.

Cool the custard completely, then cover the surface with a layer of cling film (placing it directly on the custard) to prevent a skin forming.

Transfer to the fridge and chill for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight.

Pour the chilled custard into an ice-cream maker and churn it until it is a thick, scoopable ice cream. Transfer it to a plastic container and freeze until needed.

To prepare the salted caramel sauce, melt the sugar in a heavy based frying pan over a medium heat.

As it melts, whisk frequently for 7–10 minutes, until it becomes amber brown. Add the butter and whisk to combine.

Remove from the heat and add the cream.

Continue whisking as the caramel bubbles, until it settles into a smooth mixture.

Whisk in the vanilla extract and sea salt. Set aside to cool completely.

To serve, roughly crush some chocolate-covered pretzels in a plastic food bag and scatter over the ice cream.

Finish with a drizzle of the salted caramel sauce.

Cook’s tip: For a healthier version, try using a spoonful of the fresh berry compote with vanilla and thyme from p242 or the dried fruit compote from p60, and top with a handful of fresh blueberries, for some added texture.


15 mins, plus chilling and churning


20 mins

From The American Cookbook, by Caroline Bretherton and Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, published by DK, £16.99,

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