Hard Sauce Recipe
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I remember making this sauce for my mom when I was about 8 years old. I loved the aroma and spicy flavor. Today, many cooks spread cream-cheese frosting on spice cake instead, but I think you're really missing something if you bypass this warm, old-time sauce. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground allspice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rum extract


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, nutmeg, allspice and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and extracts. Serve with spice cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 1-1/3 cups.
Originally published as Hard Sauce in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p35

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mfl User ID: 765933 85305
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"This is just wonderful served on top of very warm bread pudding. It melts and makes a wonderful sauce."

suziH User ID: 4470448 157583
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"I tried it. My grandkids tried it.

We all loved it!!!"

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