Brown Sugar and Brandy Date Sauce

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto

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.

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 297
  • Calories from fat: 34%
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 7.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 68mg
  • Cholesterol: 31mg


  • 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


  1. 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. 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.
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