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Black, White and Coffee Sundaes

Servings: Makes 6 servings
Scoops of purchased chocolate, vanilla, and coffee ice creams are topped with three different do-ahead sauces. Utterly sinful but pure indulgence.

Walnut Sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, toasted, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Raspberry Sauce
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, unthawed
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons framboise eau-de-vie (clear raspberry brandy) or brandy

Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup half and half
6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 pint chocolate ice cream
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint coffee ice cream
Fresh raspberries (optional)

For Walnut Sauce:
Bring honey, sugar, and 1/4 cup water to boil in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil mixture 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix in vanilla extract, then walnuts. Transfer sauce to small bowl. Cover and chill.

For Raspberry Sauce:
Place frozen raspberries in small bowl. Stir 1/3 cup water, sugar and cornstarch in heavy small saucepan until cornstarch dissolves. Mix in jam. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to boil and thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Pour hot mixture over frozen raspberries; stir in framboise. Cover and chill.

For Chocolate Sauce:
Bring half and half to simmer in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until smooth. (Sauces can be made 2 days ahead; keep walnut and raspberry sauces cold. Cover chocolate sauce and chill. Before serving, rewarm chocolate sauce over low heat, stirring often.)

Place 1 scoop of each ice cream in each of 6 sundae dishes. Spoon walnut sauce over chocolate ice cream, raspberry sauce over vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce over coffee ice cream. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired, and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Bon App├ętit, March 2002
Submitted By: Joanne Teo
Date: January 28, 2004