Bacon makes pretty much everything better, as we saw in my last post. But there are a rare few sweet treats that bacon just can’t really improve. Thankfully, we also have vanilla! I love vanilla, and rarely make any dessert that doesn’t include it somewhere. Tonight, we’re making a caramel bourbon vanilla sauce, because what also makes everything even better? Booze!
So far I’ve put this on apple cobbler, pear pie, vanilla ice cream, and even eaten it straight out of the jar. It would also be a fantastic dip for apple slices, use it to sweeten up some oatmeal in the morning, or go really decadent and pour it over a cheesecake!
This recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart, and can be found here, if you want it from the source: http://www.marthastewart.com/338951/caramel-bourbon-vanilla-sauce
First, you’ll want to slice open the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds onto a spoon, and set them to the side.
Now, we start out adding 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a medium sized saucepan (or in my case, a dutch oven) over medium heat, whisking to combine.
Next, we cook the mixture without stirring, but instead swirling the pan carefully, until the mixture is a dark amber color.
Then reduce heat to low, and slowly add the cream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Now scrape the vanilla seeds into the pot, then add the lemon juice, butter, and bourbon, stirring to combine.
Once that’s all done, so is your sauce! Personally, I’ve loved it over a nice pear pie, but it would do wonderful things to a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream as well. You can store it, refrigerated, for up to 1 week. Since it becomes solid when cold, you’ll have to bring sauce to room temperature, or warm over low heat before using. Enjoy!