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Caramel Topped Sundaes: Dorie Greenspan’s homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce made one delightfully delicious dessert!

Caramel Topped Sundaes in glass dishes on a white tray

Caramel Topped Sundaes

My daughter, Katie, has about 5 dishes she will cook. Not a huge repertoire for the child of a foodie. Basically, they’re enough to get her by when she doesn’t like what I’ve cooked for dinner.

So I flipped through Around My French Table for a recipe to teach her how to make. She is one picky girl, so to pique her interest, I knew I’d have to start with the dessert section.

When we travel, and the food is not to her liking, she’ll often supplement with ice cream or gelato. A little protein, a little dairy…and no complaints. It’s not worth having a huffy offspring on holiday.

So when I spied Dorie’s recipe for vanilla ice cream, I thought it would be a wonderful basic dessert recipe for her to learn. Then we both spotted the warm caramel sauce on the adjoining page…and it became a two-for-one deal. We did a lot of licking of spoons and bowls as we created these Caramel Topped Sundaes made with Dorie’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Caramel Topped Sundaes from above on a white tray

Food Revolution Day

Once again, the French Friday crew is celebrating Food Revolution Day. One of their ambassadors is our very own Mardi of  Eat.Live.Travel.Write who offers this advice on what you can do to help kids get excited about food: “This year, for Food Revolution Day, Jamie Oliver wants everyone to “get kids excited about food”.   If you’re interested in participating in your own community, the website offers many ideas for getting involved.  Find a local Ambassador to see what’s already being organized in your area! Cook a meal from scratch with your kids using one of the official recipes.  There are so many different ways to get involved!”

It was great to have a sous chef at my side to help stir, measure, taste test. We both loved the luscious caramel sauce and the creamy vanilla bean flecked ice cream. Thanks to Jamie for giving me the push to get Katie in the kitchen!

Check the Food Revolution Day website to see how you can get involved.

Food Revolution Day


Dorie’s Vanilla Ice Cream recipe can be seen HERE. I used two vanilla beans as called for in the cookbook.

I have shared a slightly tweaked recipe for Dorie’s Warm Caramel Sauce before, so I’ll repeat it again here with my modifications noted.


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Caramel Topped Sundaes in glass dishes on a white tray

Caramel Sauce

Homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce pair together for a dreamy dessert

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Sauces
  • Method: Mixing, Churning, Freezing
  • Cuisine: French, American


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water (Dorie uses 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (Dorie does not add vanilla)


  1. Put the sugar, water and corn syrup into a medium saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, swirling the pan, but not stirring until the caramel turns an amber color.
  2. Lower the heat and carefully add cream and butter…standing away from pan to avoid splattering. When bubbling subsides, stir sauce till smooth. Add vanilla. Pour into heatproof jar (I use a Pyrex measuring cup). Cool to warm or room temperature before serving.


Slightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table

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53 comments on “Caramel Topped Sundaes”

  1. Awww…what a sweet mom-and-daughter bonding. That photo surely doesn’t look anything basic to me :). It’s like a dessert item in a menu of an established resto! Bravo, Katie!

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  2. More dirty bulking food. 🙁

  3. Looks mighty good, even at 5AM:@)

  4. Liz, I think every kid should learn how to make ice cream because yes, real food includes dessert. So much better to know what’s gone into your dessert and this just looks spectacular! Thank you for helping get kids excited about food this FRD2014!

  5. That’s a good recipe and your kid might have been so happy eating this yum ice cream with such a delicious-looking caramel sauce! I still don’t know, why do we add corn syrup to the sauce? Please let me know.

  6. Caramel sauce is always a special treat. I haven’t tried making it on my own since the whole boiling process scares me. I am getting closer though to tempting the process. Lovely!

  7. Perfect for summer! Though even it’s almost winter here I wouldn’t mind having such sundae too 😀

  8. This looks delicious. A caramel topped sundae is always a welcomed treat.

  9. What a fun activity for both of you! I love spending time in the kitchen with the girls.

    I have a very picky eater that we have to manage around when we travel, and it’s ironic because her sister is completely adventurous when she eats. We too have had culinary “supplements” after a meal that didn’t please….

  10. Love this recipe Lizzy!
    Ha my daugther would love this sauce!
    She is like your dauther:)
    Have a nice weekend!

  11. I love it when you cook with your daughter, I used to love cooking with my Mum. The caramel sauce is gorgeous. Have you seen that one done in a microwave? It’s so easy and takes less than 10 minutes!

  12. Hi Lizzy, It’s so nice to be spending time in the kitchen with your sweet daughter, Katie! The feeling is mutual; I enjoy my time with Lora, when we get together making dinner a couple times a week. She does her baking, and I make the main course…the smiles on my grandchildren’s face is…priceless!
    Hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day!
    BTW. thanks for sharing the Caramel Sauce recipe…(the best; printed it out)

  13. How lovely that you made this together with your daughter. And how lovely to make homemade caramel sauce. Mmm, I can think of several other uses for this sauce! (on apple pie, on brownies, maybe even a splash could be added to a stir-fry?)

  14. Good call to add the vanilla – it does add another layer of flavour. I love homemade caramel sauce and although my tastebuds usually veer towards savoury food, I’d go straight to dessert if this was on the menu!

  15. This is more caramel goodness you are giving us, I can feel my waistline expanding 😀 It’s good to get your daughter cooking I hope she joins you more often.

  16. A fun post Lizzy! Glad Katie enjoyed her time in the kitchen with you! That caramel sauce looks amazing. Have a great weekend!

  17. Your daughter is so lucky to have you for a mom, Liz. I’d love to spend time in the kitchen with you, learning to cook, especially when it’s something as delicious as this ice cream and caramel sauce! I’m drooling!

  18. How fun! I think this will work out pretty well for you–now you have an ice cream maker on call whenever you have a craving. 🙂

  19. Now this is one FFWD recipe that I know I would have eaten as a kid! I would have licked the bowl. Some of Dorie’s other recipes can be challenging, even for an adult.

  20. Wow, that looks so delicious!!! I think I need to look at that section again! I have a couple of kids who would love to make that caramel sauce. Yum!!! Happy you had such a fun time (and that you’re enjoying your trip!).

  21. I miss spending time in the kitchen with my children! Lovely recipe here Liz!

  22. BEST MOM EVER! Who could resist learning to cook/bake with this being the reward??!

  23. I guess every kid should know how to make caramel sauce. I would have been a lot more popular had I known how. I know that I’ll get no complaints the day I show THIS one to my niece! Pretty photos Liz! I don’t even have a sweet tooth at all but that sauce looks so sooo good.

  24. Katie has good taste. Start with ice cream and gelato and work your way back if you are disgruntled about a meal. Although I made Dorie’s Olive Oil Ice Cream (actually loved it), I have not made the vanilla ice cream. OR, the caramel sauce. I suspect that was done before I joined FFWD. But, thanks to Katie, I will visit those recipes and do a catch-up. I am so pleased you are in Miami and having a wonderful time. Gorgeous weather, huh?

  25. This one will come in handy, Liz! I love it with vanilla ice cream.
    🙂 ela

  26. I love caramel sauce and I love half caramel and half chocolate on my vanilla ice cream.

  27. Katie is a very wise girl…Ice cream and gelato are excellent sources of nutrition for a traveler =) Seriously some seriously great looking and sounding caramel sauce, Liz. Pinned, of course!

  28. Caramel sauce is a favourite too. Great to pour over some homemade ice cream.

  29. This is so simple yet so delightful! I love that you made this with your daughter. Some of the best parts of my day are the ones in the kitchen with my mom.

  30. This combo’s going on top of my to-make-for-catch-up list! Great looking dessert you got there!

  31. DElish.
    just like you, Liz! xx

  32. That’s definitely a great food lesson! What a great way to spend some quality time together.

  33. How fun that you are teaching her new recipes. My husband would absolutely love the caramel sauce and sundaes. Thanks for sharing Liz and have a great weekend!

  34. O nice! I wish my mum had taught me how to make something like that. She hated cooking so I definitely did not inherit my love for cooking from her! I need to finish my food revolution day post too!

  35. Hi Lizzy,
    Trying to get caught up in my reading. The ice cream and caramel sauce look perfect. I could go for a bowl or two.

  36. What a lovely thing to make together! This sauce looks fantastic 🙂 right up my street.

  37. Aww.. I love your daughter joined you in the kitchen to make these. There’s nothing better then homemade ice cream and caramel sauce. Delish!

  38. My daughter can make quite a few things, but I’m not sure my son can make more than eggs and ramen noodles… but they do appreciate our cooking don’t they?… sometimes. How could you go wrong with yes,,,healthy wholesome real food ice cream.. glad your daughter enjoyed it.

  39. Nice combo. I don’t think I’ve tried either of those, but you and Katie are inspiring me to add them to the list. I guess she doesn’t have to know how to cook because her mom is quite the chef!

  40. Caramel sauce is my favorite ice cream topping!

  41. i’m drooling over that caramel sauce, divine sundaes!

  42. Vanilla Icecream with caramel sauce ! That combo is good enough to excite even an adult 🙂

  43. Caramel is a great recipe for Katie to learn – a favourite with everyone. I actually prefer it to chocolate sauce with ice cream.

  44. Great mom and daughter bonding time. There is nothing like a little caramel sauce to show her how to cook like a pro. I like to cook with my boys too and love to watch them as they figure out what spices and things go together. I am more of a savoury cook instead of a baker but your girl is going to learn her baking skills from her mom the pro… Have a super weekend. BAM

  45. This caramel sauce looks SO good, delicious, indulgent and so addictive 😀

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  46. Lizzy you have inspired me to get my son back in the kitchen with me. I make ice cream all the time but get complaints from the little one that they are “too fancy”. He is more of a vanilla kid. I will have to try out these two recipes. Enjoy your trip.

  47. Gorgeous sundaes. That dish would make anyone young or old want to get into the kitchen! Hope you’re having lots of fun in Miami.

  48. vanilla ice cream is my favorite and that caramel sauce looks divine!

  49. Liz this sundae looks insanely tempting. I wish to skip my late dinner and have a scoop of this.

  50. Precious times together, licking spoons and learning. It must be difficult to follow a super Mum like you in the kitchen, so hats off to Katie for such a wonderful looking dessert. Liz, I also love how you’ve got an extra large jar of caramel in the background!

  51. There is nothing like cooking with your kids, no matter what their age!

  52. I am so happy to have found this caramel sauce! It looks like a winner and I need one! Caramel sauce always seems to act up on me so hopefully Dorie’s will do the trick!

  53. Have we made the caramel sauce yet? I don’t remember it. Now I need to find an excuse to make it…

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