Still, as time went on, I just could not stop thinking about a dessert on the menu that we'd passed on: a sundae, but not just any sundae, one that incorporated our tangy cream cheese ice cream with decadent fresh strawberry compote and salty crumbled pretzels. YES.
|A lovely meal was had at Topping Rose House, Photo: NK|
When to concoct this much anticipated sundae? Any time you could use a little pick me up. The Strawberry Compote is super fast and the final result will pretty much make you day. You can bet this is going to make the summer dinner party rotation. And it's kid friendly too.
|Fresh Strawberry & Pretzel Sundae with Mascarpone Gelato, Photo: NK|
Fresh Strawberry & Pretzel Sundae with Mascarpone Gelato
Inspired by The Topping Rose House / Tom Colicchio
Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 LB Ripe Stawberries, hulled and sliced uniformly. Slice once in half when done
1 heaping teaspoon Sugar (optional)
|Pretzel Crisp make the perfect topping, Photo:NK|
1 Tablespoon Water
Mascarpone Gelato or Cream Cheese flavored Ice Cream (you can substitute any other not-to-sweet, relatively neutral flavor such as malt. Note: if you use vanilla gelato or Ice Cream, you may want to omit the sugar from the Strawberry Sauce depending on how ripe your berries are)
1 big handful of Salted Pretzel Crisps or Salted Pretzels of your choice, crushed into coarse pieces
Fox's U-Bet or other good quality Chocolate Syrup
Mint, for an optional garnish
|Heavenly Gelato, Photo:NK|
To make the Strawberry Sauce, place Strawberry slices in as small pan over medium heat. Add a heaping teaspoon of Sugar, the Vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of water. Allow to cook, stirring, a few minutes until liquids thicken and Strawberries break down a bit. Once sauce has reached the desired consistency (we like ours with good chunks of Strawberry and a nice amount of the sweet syrup), turn off the stove and allow it to cool completely.
To serve: Scoop two generous balls of Ice Cream or Gelato into a sundae dish. Top with Strawberry Sauce and a handful if Pretzel Crumbs. Drizzle with a little bit of Chocolate Syrup. Garnish with a Mint Sprig. Enjoy!!