Creamy Vanilla Sauce

Creamy Vanilla Sauce
Creamy Vanilla Sauce. Photo © Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 Cups (12 servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ​cream (light, or half-and-half)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch and sugar together until well blended. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the water and cream to a boil.
  3. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch mixture and simmer, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until thickened and bubbly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce, perfect for a pound cake, bread pudding, or gingerbread.