1-3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
Possible Dipping Items:
Cubed pound cake
Sliced pears or apples
Chocolate chip cookies
In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water and cook
over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Use a
pastry brush dipped in hot water to brush down any crystals
from the sides of the pan. Increase the heat to high and continue
to cook until the sugar is a medium-dark amber color, about 8 minutes.
(The length of time will vary depending on the stovetop as well as on
the saucepan you are using.)
Remove from the heat and carefully add the butter. Using caution,
slowly add the heavy cream -- the mixture will splatter and bubble up.
Swirl the pan until the sauce is smooth and the heavy cream is thoroughly
combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts. Let cool for 15 to 20
minutes, then transfer to a fondue pot over a low flame and serve warm,
with dipping items of choice.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings