Brandy butter and brandy sauce

Sweet and salty, this brandy butter and brandy sauce recipe makes the perfect pudding accompaniment. It's like liquid sunshine!

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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Brandy butter
  • 175 gram butter
  • 175 gram icing sugar, sifted
  • 75 gram ground almonds
  • 6 tablespoon double cream
  • 5 tablespoon brandy or Tia Maria
Brandy sauce
  • 600 millilitre double cream
  • 75 gram sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (see recipe tip)
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 6-7 tablespoons brandy (see recipe tip)


Brandy butter
  • 1
    Beat the butter until it is soft, then gradually beat in the icing sugar with the ground almonds.
  • 2
    Mix in the cream. Stir in the brandy or Tia Maria. Adjust the taste to suit. Chill until required.
  • 3
    Serve with Christmas pudding, mince pies, sponge puddings or pastries.
Brandy sauce
  • 4
    Place the cream and sugar in a non-stick pan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and cook gently until the cream is reduced by a quarter.
  • 5
    Mix the cornflour with the milk to make a smooth paste. Stir into the heated cream.
  • 6
    Boil for 1 minute or until slightly thickened, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add the brandy. Keep the sauce warm over a very low heat without letting it boil until you are ready to serve it.


  • If you are preparing the brandy or white sauce ahead, pour the sauce into a glass dish and cover it with some dampened greaseproof paper to prevent a skin forming. - If you are making the sauce the day before, leave it to cool and then transfer it to a sealed container and store it in the fridge. - You can add a few drops of vanilla essence to the cream or milk, or use a vanilla bean. - For a hint of spice, add a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice to the finished sauce or butter. - You can vary the alcohol you use in these sauces but brandy is the traditional choice. Tia Maria works well with both recipes. - Once the sauce or butter is made, adjust the alcohol to suit your taste.