This sauce is a wonderful concoction that complements bread pudding, cheesecake, or pancakes on Sundays. The taste of brown sugar in a sauce form is irresistible.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Add flour and salt; stir until smooth.

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  • Stir in brown sugar. Blend thoroughly and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles and is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in boiling water. Return to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Add vanilla extract and stir until well blended. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

86.4 calories; 0.2 g protein; 15 g carbohydrates; 7.6 mg cholesterol; 97.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
I was pleasantly surprised by this sauce not only was it extrememly easy to make it had a wonderful caramel flavor that was subtle yet very sweet perfect for bread pudding! To address the scorched smell concerns that earlier posters experienced I think the problem may be due to overcooking the brown sugar? I thought the brown sugar would be a syrup by the time I added the water. However the sugar was bubbling and browning but still in a somewhat solid state when I cooked it. No burned smell and the resulting sauce was so good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2003
It actually turned out better than I thought! I had made a applesauce spice cake & was looking for a simple sauce. It was not too thin or thick but was darker than expected.Might try a little cream with it next time.Overall a good sauce! Read More
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63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
I was pleasantly surprised by this sauce not only was it extrememly easy to make it had a wonderful caramel flavor that was subtle yet very sweet perfect for bread pudding! To address the scorched smell concerns that earlier posters experienced I think the problem may be due to overcooking the brown sugar? I thought the brown sugar would be a syrup by the time I added the water. However the sugar was bubbling and browning but still in a somewhat solid state when I cooked it. No burned smell and the resulting sauce was so good! Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2004
I thought this sauce was excellent. I served it over pancakes. I can't wait to try it over cheesecake! I would recommend cooking this over a lower heat than the submitter suggests and it is important to stir constantly. Sugar will burn very easily so be careful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2005
Excellent. Made an addition of a couple tbsp of whipping cream when cooking brown sugar before adding boiling water for extra richness. It was good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2003
It actually turned out better than I thought! I had made a applesauce spice cake & was looking for a simple sauce. It was not too thin or thick but was darker than expected.Might try a little cream with it next time.Overall a good sauce! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2007
this is a really yummy easy caramel type sauce. i give it 5 stars for flavor and origionality. though it turned a little weird which was my fault because i poured it over ice cream and promptly put it in the freezer - it got kind of a puddinglike consistancy which was funky so i dont advise doing that! great flavor though! quick fix when you dont have alot of ingredients! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2006
This sauce has the perfect consistency for bread pudding and even tho i forgot to add the vanilla it had a delicious caramel taste! I did have to cook & stir much longer than five minutes but it takes time to make a great sauce! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
Simple and tasty with Ellen's Bread Pudding II. Maybe too much for one batch. Reheats not the same as fresh. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
I need to try this recipe again. It seems like it could be great. Wanted it for a pancake syrup. Beware when adding hot water. It really steamed and spit when adding boiling water! The color was darker than I expected and I was wanting a lighter taste and appearance. Mine also seemed to have a slight burnt flavor. Don't need to cook for 5 minutes! I agree that adding some heavy cream would make it richer. I also added Cinnamon Plus from Pampered Chef's spice collection and added chopped apples. Those were nice additions. Next time I will reduce cooking time and try again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2003
I liked the flavor of this sauce. I made it to serve with bread pudding and it worked wonderfully. However I don't know what I was doing wrong but the first time I made it when I took it off the heat and added water to it the sugar mixture gave off a strongly burned odor. I threw that batch out and tried it again. This time I didn't cook the sugar mixture that much but when I added the water it still gave off a slightly burned odor. However when I tasted it it tasted pretty good. I don't know what I did wrong but I am still going to try this recipe again and serve it over vanilla ice cream. It kind of tastes like butterscotch sauce. Read More
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