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Brandy Sauce

Brandy sauce is similar to the other popular steamed pudding accompaniment, hard sauce. They're both stiff sauces that are served chilled with the warm puddings.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup
Brandy Sauce

Source: Christmas Vol. 3 1999


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. In a medium bowl, lightly beat egg yolks.

  2. In a small, heavy saucepan, bring cream to a boil over medium-high heat. Add butter and sugar, and stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk 1/4 of hot cream mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Transfer egg-yolk mixture back to saucepan, and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking frequently, until mixture is very thick, about 5 minutes. (Mixture will have the consistency of a thick pudding.) Remove from heat, and stir in cognac. Transfer sauce to a clean bowl, and place in ice bath to chill. Brandy sauce will keep in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for 1 week.

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