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Brown Sugar and Brandy Date Sauce

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 15 mins
Yield Serves 4
Sweet dates, warmed and coated in a quick caramel sauce, come out tasting like British sticky-toffee pudding. This can easily be made ahead and rewarmed when you're ready to serve.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups halved and pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Toasted pecan halves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 297
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • protein 0.9 g
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 7.3 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 2.7 g
  • sodium 68 mg
  • cholesterol 31 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter with sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium frying pan over high heat. Add dates and 1/2 cup water and cook until mixture is simmering and comes together into a sauce, about 5 minutes.

  2. Remove pan from heat and carefully add brandy. Stir to combine. Serve over scoops of vanilla ice cream with pecans.

  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/3-cup serving date sauce.