Sweet Splurge: German Chocolate Cake Sundae

By Food & Wine
German Chocolate Cake Sundae German Chocolate Cake Sundae
Grace Parisi, Food & Wine's Senior Recipe Developer, loves to take classic dessert recipes, break them down into their components and reconfigure. In this irresistible recipe, Parisi transforms a traditional recipe for German chocolate cake into an elegant and incredibly delicious ice cream sundae.

1 cup unsweetened wide-flake coconut chips (2 ounces)
3/4 cup pecan halves (2 ounces)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
2 pints coconut ice cream
1 cup coarsely crumbled chocolate wafer cookies

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the coconut and pecans in 2 separate pie plates. Toast the coconut for 5 minutes and the pecans for 10 minutes, until the edges of the coconut start to brown and the pecans are fragrant. Let the coconut and pecans cool, then coarsely chop the pecans.
2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with the light corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Wash down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Cook the syrup over moderately high heat without stirring until a deep amber caramel forms, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and carefully add the cream. When the bubbles subside, stir to combine. Add the vanilla and salt and let cool slightly. Stir in the toasted pecans and all but 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut chips.
3. Scoop the ice cream into 6 glasses and sprinkle with half of the cookie crumbs. Top with the warm caramel sauce and the remaining cookie crumbs and coconut. Serve right away.

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