Saturday, August 02, 2008

Friendly's and Serious Eats: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae

Do you know what this is?  This, my friends, is ice cream sundae perfection.  This is the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae from Friendly's restaurant.  Do you know how sad I am that there are none of these anywhere near where I live?  Then again, I'd probably gain 50 pounds by year's end if there were.  But now I can make them at home, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae
Adapted from Serious Eats

Peanut Butter Sauce:
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup creamy peanut butter

Hot Fudge Sauce:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup water
⅓ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

12 Reese's Peanut Butter cups
3 pints vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish (optional)

Make Peanut Butter Sauce: In medium heavy duty saucepan, stir cream, sugar, butter, and salt over medium heat to dissolve. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to boil. Boil one minute. Remove from heat and let cool until just warm. Stir in vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.

Make Hot Fudge: In medium saucepan, stir chocolate, corn syrup, water, sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and salt together over medium low heat until combined and melted. Increase heat to medium and bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla off-heat. Allow to cool slightly.

Assemble sundaes: Set 4 to 5 whole peanut butter cups aside; chop remaining. Layer each 4 to 5 tall sundae glass with 3 scoops ice cream, sauces, and chopped peanut butter cups. Top with whipped cream and cherry (if using) and a peanut butter cup.

Makes 4 to 5 sundaes

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