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Gingerbread Sauce

Yield Makes about 1 1/2 cups; 8 servings
Notes: For a shortcut, instead of making the Gingerbread Wedges, you can use purchased gingersnaps. You can make the sauce through step 2 up to 2 days ahead; cool, cover, and chill. Demi-glace, a highly reduced pastelike stock, can be found in gourmet markets and some supermarkets. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes.

Ingredients

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • protein 1.9 g
  • fat 5.6 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • sodium 184 mg
  • cholesterol 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine Merlot or other dry red wine, tawny Port, and orange juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir occasionally until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup hot water and demi-glace (see notes).

  2. Crumble enough of the Gingerbread Wedges or gingersnaps to make 2/3 cup. Add gingerbread and demi-glace mixture to wine mixture; let stand until gingerbread has softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into a blender. Add whipping cream and whirl until smooth. Return to pan.

  3. Stir over low heat until hot. Whisk in butter until blended and smooth. Add salt to taste.