Rating: 3.71 stars
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 17

This is a great sauce to serve over gingerbread! It has been my favorite dessert since I was a child!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 min
total:
16 mins
Servings:
14
Yield:
2 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in the water, stirring until blended. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in the butter and vanilla. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts

88 calories; carbohydrates 14.9g; fat 3.3g; cholesterol 8.7mg; sodium 23.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (97)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2007
Perfect over recipe for Bread Pudding II submitted by Ellen Warfield! I took the advice of another review and changed it to two TBSP cornstarch to 1 cup water. Served warm. It was the perfect consistency! Read More
(67)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/15/2003
I used this recipe for the topping of an 8x8 pan of bread pudding. I used only 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of corstarch to amke it thicker. In the end it came out great! Read More
(78)
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 17
Rating: 3 stars
04/14/2003
I used this recipe for the topping of an 8x8 pan of bread pudding. I used only 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of corstarch to amke it thicker. In the end it came out great! Read More
(78)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2007
Perfect over recipe for Bread Pudding II submitted by Ellen Warfield! I took the advice of another review and changed it to two TBSP cornstarch to 1 cup water. Served warm. It was the perfect consistency! Read More
(67)
Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2004
Good start, but needs work. Definitely reduce the water to 1 cup and add another tablespoon cornstarch. Very good with these changes! Read More
(39)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2005
Keep the ingredients the same except add an additional 1 tbsp cornstarch. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2008
I'm glad I read the review before attempting this recipe. I did like the others and used 1 cup of water and 2 tbsp. of cornstarch. It came out pretty good. I used it over Bread Pudding II from this site. I might try adding a little whiskey to this to see what happens to the flavor next time....... Read More
(18)
Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2011
Why are people giving this 4 stars and then saying the quantities are all wrong and you should use powdered sugar? That's like giving a 4 star review to your cruise on the titanic. "Everything was just lovely marred oh so slightly by that incident with the iceberg". This recipe is just plain wrong and if you make it you'll end up with a pan of water. If you change it as others suggest it will be better but still didn't have enough flavor or richness. Abandon ship and look elsewhere for your vanilla sauce advice. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2003
I also got a very watery syrup that would not thicken up but I think the problem is that the submitter put in her recipe to use white sugar meaning confectioner sugar not regular granulated sugar though when a normal recipe calls for white sugar it is usually means regular sugar so thats what I used. I figured I would try it again with the powdered sugar and see if that comes out better. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2006
I made the changes suggested by other reviewers: used half the water twice the cornstarch confectioner's sugar. I also added half a cup of evaporated milk when I added the butter and vanilla. Not only very good on the bread pudding I made it for but good cold the next day with store-bought molasses cookies. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2007
i was looking for a quick and easy vanilla sauce to go with a jewish apple cake i made and this was quick easy and delicious! its a little more carmel than vanilla but carmel and apple go well together. i did reduce the water to 1 cup and increase the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons and it turned out perfectly. this would also be fabulous with bread pudding. Read More
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