This Salted Caramel Peach Ice Cream Sundae is a glorious combination of sweet roasted peaches and salted caramel ice cream. All topped off with a rich salted caramel chocolate sauce, whipped cream and some crunchy sprinkles. It’s a total indulgence and a real treat.
Why should I make Salted Caramel Peach Ice Cream Sundae?
I love this dessert because it’s so simple to make and it looks and tastes spectacular. There’s something magical that happens when ice cream and fruit are combined with sauces and toppings. And this effect is increased when the Ice Cream Sundae is served in a classic tall sundae glass.
What is an Ice Cream Sundae?
An Ice Cream Sundae is a dessert made with two or more scoops of ice cream that is topped with syrup, sauce, crushed or chopped fruits, nuts and various other toppings.
An ice cream sundae can be a simple couple of scoops of ice cream topped with sauce and a topping like fudge pieces or chopped nuts. It can also be an elaborate dessert with many layers of ice cream, different sauces and layers of sweet ingredients such as crushed cookies, marshmallows, maraschino cherries and chocolate curls.
Why is it called a Sundae?
There is some controversy about the origin of the Ice Cream Sundae. On one hand it is said to have been invented by the owner of a soda fountain in the USA. In 1881 it was against the law to serve an ice cream float on the Sabbath. So, Ed Berners put the soda syrup over the ice cream and so the Sunday or Sundae was created.
However, there is an alternative theory that the first sundae was created in 1892. It is said that Chester Platt served a vanilla ice cream with cherry syrup to a priest. The priest suggested that this dessert should be called a Sunday as that was the day it was served to him. The spelling was then changed to Sundae so that no one would be offended.
Whatever the truth of the first Sundae, it seems that its origins are in the USA at the end of the 19th Century and named after the day it was first served, Sunday.
What kind of ice cream can I use?
I use a good quality salted caramel ice cream because it adds the classic salted caramel flavour to the sundae. However, if you don’t have or don’t want to use salted caramel ice cream, then you could substitute vanilla or honeycomb ice cream. This will change the flavour of the sundae but it will still be delicious.
Can I make my own salted caramel ice cream?
If you want to make your own salted caramel ice cream, then try this simple no-churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe.
What kind of peaches should I use?
Use fresh peaches that are ripe but still firm. You are going to roast the peaches so if they are too ripe they will fall apart when roasted. You can use yellow or white peaches, freestone or cling it really doesn’t matter.
How do I peel peaches?
It is easy to peel peaches. Put the peaches in a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Leave them in the water for one minute, then drain off the water. The skins should slip off the peaches easily.
Can I use canned peaches?
Yes, you can use canned peaches in the sundae. I recommend that you use peach halves canned in fruit juice. This is because they will hold together better during roasting. Roast them with the sugar and butter as with fresh peaches, then cut the peach halves in half again to make quarters.
Can I freeze the roasted peaches?
Yes, simply pack the roasted peaches with the caramel into a freezer-proof box. Put on the lid and freeze for up to 3 months. For best results defrost the peaches in the refrigerator overnight.
What kind of chocolate can I use in the chocolate sauce?
I use a salted caramel dark milk chocolate for the sauce for the sundae. However, you can use other salted caramel or caramel chocolate to make the sauce. You can also use plain (semi-sweet) chocolate or milk chocolate if you prefer.
What kind of cream should I use on an ice cream sundae?
I use a can of whipped cream because it’s convenient. It’s ideal as the ice cream sundae will be eaten immediately and it is not likely to collapse. You can also use double (heavy) or whipping cream and whisk by hand or with an electric mixer until it is thick. Pipe the cream onto the ice cream sundae for the best effect before adding the sprinkle toppings.
What other toppings can I use on an Ice Cream Sundae?
I top the Salted Caramel Peach Ice Cream Sundae with ready-made toffee popcorn and roasted salted almonds. You can use either or both of these or try one of the following toppings or use your own favourites:
- Chocolate flake, crumbled
- Biscoff cookies, crushed
- Fudge pieces
- Chocolate chips
How do I serve Salted Caramel Peach Ice Cream Sundae?
If you can serve the Ice Cream Sundae in a tall glass with a long spoon for maximum impact. However, it tastes just as good if you serve the sundae in a bowl. Serve the dessert after a light meal or as an afternoon treat. As it is a rich dessert and quite filling.
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Salted Caramel Peach Ice Cream Sundae
- medium bowl
- Sharp knife
- chopping board
- small saucepan
- wooden spoon
- ice cream scoop
- weighing scales
- Measuring spoons
For the peaches
- 4 peaches ripe but firm
- 50 soft light brown sugar
- 25 g salted butter
For the sauce
- 100 g salted caramel chocolate
- 20 g butter
- 2 tbsp water
- 500 g salted caramel ice cream
- 30 g caramel popcorn
- 25 g roasted salted almonds
- 100 ml whipped cream
Caramelise the peaches
- 4 peachesPut the whole peaches in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 1 minutes. Drain off the water and the skins will slip off the peaches.
- Cut the peaches in half and remove the stones.
- 50 soft light brown sugar, 25 g salted butterSlice the peaches and place in an ovenproof dish, cover with sugar and dot with butter.
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the sugar and butter melts and the peaches start to brown and caramelise.
- Remove the peaches from the caramel and leave both to cool.
Make the sauce
- 100 g salted caramel chocolate, 20 g butter, 2 tbsp waterPlace all the ingredients in a small pan and heat gently, stirring.
- Once the chocolate has melted it will form a sauce you may need a little more water to get it to pouring consistency.
To assemble the Sundae
- Put the peach slices in the base of the sundae glasses or bowls.
- Drizzle over the caramel sauce that the peaches were roasted in.
- 500 g salted caramel ice creamPut a scoop of salted caramel ice cream into each glass.
- Add another layer of roasted peaches
- Add another scoop of salted caramel ice cream
- Divide the caramel chocolate sauce between the four portions.
- 30 g caramel popcorn, 100 ml whipped cream, 25 g roasted salted almondsTop with a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkle over chopped salted roasted almonds and caramel popcorn.
- Serve immediately
First published in July 2015