This weekend we celebrated my dad's birthday and instead of a cake my mom and I decided to put together a homemade ice cream sundae bar. Making desserts for my dad is easy: make it out of ice cream and top it with something caramel or chocolate and it's good to go.
I put together a gift basket with all the sundae sauces in canning jars, some birthday garland and confetti that my sister and I made, and a banana. It was a sundae bar in a basket! I printed out all the labels for the jars from this website which has a free PDF download.
The three sauces I made were hot fudge, dulce de leche, and peanut butter. The dulce de leche was made by boiling a can of condensed milk for three hours in a pot of water. It was easy to do and turned out very yummy.
I got the hot fudge sauce recipe from epicurious and I didn't change a single thing about it. It's my favorite recipe for it and produces a sauce that is a perfect balance of richness, sweetness, and chocolate with a tiny hint of saltiness. You can find the recipe here.
The peanut butter sauce was the most popular and its the one that I put together with ingredients that I had left over from the other sauces. I'll put up a separate blog post with the recipe because it is eat-it-from-the-fridge-with-a-spoon yummy.
My dad has done a lot for me so I was happy to put together something special to celebrate his birthday. And nothing says "special" like an entire table dedicated to ice creamy goodness. Happy Birthday Dad!