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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Irish Cream Dessert Sauce

I like dessert sauces. While sometimes it is hard to decide how to serve them, the nice part is that you usually have so many different options for serving them that the hard part is deciding which option to chose rather than trying to find something - anything - to serve the sauce with. In this case the slightly boozy sauce pairs well with many different things - almost any kind of cake or ice cream, hot coffee, ice cream, scones, soda bread, puddings, cookies, berries, citrus, or anything that meshes well with Irish cream liqueur. Some like it best on scones or Irish Soda Bread, but I know others may find that to be a sacrilege and think it is best over plain pound cake or chocolate cake. This keeps tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to four days so it is ideal for having on hand when you might have to feed guests over a few days or are unsure when you might have unexpected guests.

2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
Pinch salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Heat a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the cream, liqueur, sugar, and salt to a boil, stirring frequently. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Once it is well blended, whisk it slowly into the boiling Irish cream mixture. Return to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly, for about 2 1/2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and cool. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cover tightly and chill for at least 1 1/2 hours. Serve chilled, let warm to room temperature, or gently warm in a microwave or in a double-boiler.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups sauce.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 1/2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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