Mmm, booze. Who doesn’t enjoy a cocktail
every night on occasion?
Well, the folks at Recipe ReDux challenged us to go beyond the cocktail and use our favorite alcohol as a recipe ingredient:
From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?
I thought of about a thousand and one different recipes that I wanted to make, most of which involved raki, an unsweetened, anise-infused alcohol (similar to the Greek ouzo) that is the national drink of Turkey (where my dad is from).
After a failed search for raki, however, my plans changed. It became all about the bourbon, specifically, Maker’s Mark.
I will admit that I generally only like to drink clear alcohol (e.g. vodka, gin) but for desserts, bourbon can’t be beat for the amazingly rich, deep flavor it lends.
Now I love a bourbon caramel sauce over bread pudding (see my recipe for Bourbon Caramel Cake Pudding), but I wanted to lighten it up. I promise you, you won’t even miss the bread pudding on this recipe.
I don’t even like Old Fashioneds, but when you reduce all the ingredients to a sauce…perfection!
Bourbon Old Fashioned Reduction Over Bruleed Stone Fruits
You’ll want to put the sauce over EVERYTHING — ice cream, pancakes, waffles, into coffee, etc. Feel free to use whatever stone fruits you have on hand.
- 5-6 stone fruits, such as plums, peaches or nectarines
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- Set oven to Broil.
- Cut stone fruit in half lengthwise (along the pit, like you would an avocado)
- Remove the pits
- Lay, cut side up, in a casserole dish.
- Sprinkle cut side of fruit with 1/4 cup sugar.
- Broil for 5-10 minutes (make sure to check constantly), until you get a nice golden crust on the fruit.
- While the fruit is in the oven, add bourbon, 2 Tbsp. sugar and orange juice to a small saucepan. Heat on medium until the mixture reduces to about 1/4 cup.
- Drizzle “bruleed” fruit with Old Fashioned Reduction.
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