A rich topping for coffee cake! Cream may be substituted for the milk.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
2 -1/2 cups
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. In a medium-size bowl, stir flour with sugar. Then whisk into melted butter until mixture is moistened. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until thickened and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in brandy and vanilla. Remove from heat.

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  • Serve right away over Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce. Or cover and refrigerate for a week or more. Reheat just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

135 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 17.3g 6% DV; fat 5.1g 8% DV; cholesterol 14.2mg 5% DV; sodium 46.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (52)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2008
This sauce was amazing!! Poured it over hot bread pudding and didnt add the brandy yummm!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2009
I made this for the Apple Coffee Cake on this site and it was very good (makes the coffee cake taste more like dessert.) However I should have listened to other reviewers who said it had too much brandy--I didn't heed their advice as I of am a follower of the line regarding cooking "When in doubt add more wine/alcohol"---but 1/4 cup brandy overpowered the flavor of the sauce. If I make it again I will use no more than 2-3 tablespoons of brandy. In addition although the sauce thickened nicely it could be a little creamier so I will use half heavy whipping cream and half milk next time. Finally I think the wording of the recipe needs to be fixed as it says to stir the sauce frequently. This is the wrong wording for this type of sauce. Any sugar-based sauce that is not stirred constantly or left unattended will burn within a minute or two so as the granddaughter or a former candy maker I advise that you continuously stir and scrape down the sides of the pan to prevent burning or else you will ruin your sauce and create a problem when you try to clean your pan. Read More
(15)
62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
This sauce was amazing!! Poured it over hot bread pudding and didnt add the brandy yummm!!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2003
WOW! This sauce was so easy to make and so delicious. I made it without the brandy and it tasted like a wonderful butterscotch sauce. I served it over warm bread pudding yum yum! I highly recomend it. Read More
(18)
Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2009
I made this for the Apple Coffee Cake on this site and it was very good (makes the coffee cake taste more like dessert.) However I should have listened to other reviewers who said it had too much brandy--I didn't heed their advice as I of am a follower of the line regarding cooking "When in doubt add more wine/alcohol"---but 1/4 cup brandy overpowered the flavor of the sauce. If I make it again I will use no more than 2-3 tablespoons of brandy. In addition although the sauce thickened nicely it could be a little creamier so I will use half heavy whipping cream and half milk next time. Finally I think the wording of the recipe needs to be fixed as it says to stir the sauce frequently. This is the wrong wording for this type of sauce. Any sugar-based sauce that is not stirred constantly or left unattended will burn within a minute or two so as the granddaughter or a former candy maker I advise that you continuously stir and scrape down the sides of the pan to prevent burning or else you will ruin your sauce and create a problem when you try to clean your pan. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2005
Used the cream as suggested. I really couldn't serve this because I kept sneaking a taste and there almost was not enough left.:-) It's really wonderful and I think it would be okay without the brandy if you don't have that on hand. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2008
This is delicious. I made this to put on homemade cinnamon rolls. When I went to make the that goes with the rolls I realized that I was out of powdered sugar. I searched for an icing recipe made without pwd sugar and found this. It was delightful and wonderfully rich. I left out the brandy because I was serving it to my kids though. I think it would be wonderful with pecans. Definitely a recipe I will keep on hand as a nice icing alternative. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2005
I didn't have brandy so I didn't use it. Next time I'll skip the vanilla too. I tasted it before the vanilla and thought it was wonderful but when I put in the vanilla it didn't taste as good. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I like them better. Overall easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2003
I found this a little too sweet- my family liked it though and it went well with the cinnamon apple coffee cake! I used semi skimmed milk and Baileys Cream Whisky (instead of Brandy) yummy but you have to be carefull at ALL stages to avoid clumping not just when whisking in the sugar. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2005
Just made this sauce to take to a holiday dinner and since I've been sampling it copiously I thought I'd go ahead and review. It's a pretty tasty sauce! Mine came out quite thick but it's got a nice texture. I think I may omit the brandy next time I didn't care too much for the undertaste of it. And call me a glutton but I think I'll add a 1/2 cup of creme with the cup of milk. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2003
A quick and simple sauce with great results. I've made this twice over the holidays always producing a smooth great tasting sauce. My only suggestion would be to reduce the amount of brandy a bit as it is just a tad overpowering. Read More
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