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What is in the sauce that tops bread pudding?

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The dominant ingredient in a bread pudding sauce depends on the type of sauce and could be vanilla, rum or whiskey, or lemon. Butter and sugar are common ingredients in all bread pudding sauces, while whiskey and vanilla sauce both include heavy cream, and lemon sauce has cornstarch.

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A rum sauce for bread pudding contains 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup of water, a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of dark rum, all boiled in a small saucepan over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, until thickened.

A traditional vanilla sauce includes 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup each sugar and packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Cook these ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken. After 2-3 more minutes, and the occasional stir, it should reach full boil. Remove from heat and carefully stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla before spooning over individual bowls of warm bread pudding.

Make lemon sauce by blending 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 1 1/2 cups water in a sauce pan and bringing to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the mixture thickens, after about 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the zest and juice of one lemon and 2 tablespoons butter. Serve the warm lemon sauce over warm squares of bread pudding.

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