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Creamy Vanilla Sauce


Creamy Vanilla Sauce

Creamy Vanilla Sauce

Photo © Diana Rattray
A little light cream or half-and-half makes this a little richer than many vanilla sauces. It's an easy, tasty topping to make for slices of pound cake or a warm bread pudding.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes About 1 1/2 Cups


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light cream or half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • dash salt


In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch and sugar together until well blended. Set aside.

In a saucepan, bring the water and cream to a boil.

Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch mixture and simmer, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until thickened and bubbly.

Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and salt.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce, perfect for a cake, bread pudding, or gingerbread.

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