Summer Fruit Sundaes
Make caramel, slice fruit, toast pecans, and let your guests make their own, if you like.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 pint heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 2 pints premium-quality sorbet, in two flavors, such as raspberry and mango
- 1 pint premium-quality ice cream, such as vanilla
- 2 ripe peaches, sliced
- 2 ripe plums, sliced
- 1/2 pint raspberries
- 1/2 pint blueberries
- 1/2 pint strawberries, hulled
- 1 pint figs, cut in half
- 1 cups pecan halves, toasted
Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Cover pan; bring to a boil. Leave cover on until condensation washes down insides of pan. If syrup crystallizes, let crystallize completely, and push around bottom of saucepan with the back of a wooden spoon until it melts again. Raise heat to medium high; cook, swirling pan occasionally, until the sugar turns medium-dark amber. Carefully add cream, standing back in case sugar boils over, and scrape in vanilla seeds. Stir until cream is incorporated, and remove from heat. Let cool; transfer to a glass jar, bottle, or bowl for storing and serving.
Scoop sorbets and ice cream into serving dishes, drizzle with caramel, and spoon fruit over sauce; Serve, garnished with toasted pecans.