homemade vanilla sauce recipe
Dessert Toppings

Homemade Vanilla Sauce Recipe for Cake and Desserts

A smooth homemade vanilla sauce recipe that uses egg whites folded into the sauce. Pour this silky smooth sauce over bread pudding, pound cakes, and other desserts.

Vanilla sauce is a versatile dessert topping that can be used over just about any type of dessert. Try this over gingerbread, cinnamon sugar coffee cake, puddings, or a bowl of fresh blueberries or strawberries. Drizzle over pies, cakes, fruit, or quick breads for a great flavor combination. You won’t want to share!

You add whipped egg white in right before serving to give this creamy sauce a light body.

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Homemade Vanilla Sauce Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Sauce Recipe
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A smooth homemade vanilla sauce recipe that uses egg whites folded into the sauce. Pour this silky smooth sauce over bread pudding, pound cakes, and other desserts.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1-1/2 cups
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ Tablespoon butter
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white
  1. Combine the sugar, flour, egg yolk, and the 2 Tablespoons of milk in a bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining ¾ cup of milk in a saucepan until bubbles appear around the edge. Gradually stir in the egg yolk mixture, and then return to the saucepan.
  3. Cook, stirring over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking over low heat 2 or 3 minutes longer to take away the flour taste.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, then the vanilla. Cover and chill.
  5. When ready to serve, beat the egg white until stiff but moist peaks form. Fold into the chilled sauce.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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