Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings with Brazil Nut Hard Sauce

Delight your taste buds with the creamy and indulgent flavor of Brazil Nut Hard Sauce Recipe. As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I’ve come up with this decadent recipe that will take you on a tantalizing culinary journey!

This nutty sauce has the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness, thanks to the Brazil nuts, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. It’s also infused with the richness of butter which gives it a velvety texture.

With this recipe, you can enhance the taste of several desserts such as bread pudding, plum pudding, Christmas pudding, fruit hard and caramel velvet cakes. Additionally, it can be used as a pasta or steak sauce.

Brazil nuts are not only delicious but also loaded with nutritional benefits since they contain selenium known to support heart health. Moreover, Brazil nut trees provide important contributions to the Amazon rainforest ecosystems. By enjoying this recipe, you are also promoting environmental consciousness because you’re supporting sustainable harvesting.

So come on and join me in making this tasty Brazilian twist on traditional hard sauces. Get ready to impress your guests with your culinary expertise!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazil Nut Hard Sauce
Brazil Nut Hard Sauce

The Brazil Nut Hard Sauce recipe is a symphony of flavors that leaves you craving for more. It’s creamy, nutty and has a taste that lingers in your mouth long after you’ve savored it. Trust me; one taste of this hard sauce recipe, and you’ll be hooked.

The recipe features a blend of butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt with the star ingredient being the hearty Brazil nut. If you haven’t tasted Brazil nuts before, you’re in for a treat. Its crisp nuttiness adds character to desserts and savory dishes alike.

What sets this recipe apart is how seamlessly the ingredients come together to form a cohesive flavor. The timeless classic of buttery vanilla blended with Brazil nuts produces a spreadable nectar that elevates cookies to cakes, to puddings and even steak. No dish is too hard or too sweet for this recipe.

Moreover, sourcing the ingredients is not hard nor expensive- you can grab most things from your pantry or local store. Not to mention our compelling recipes rely on locally sourced delightful Brazilian nuts full of unsaturated fats, magnesium and selenium bursting with health benefits for our bodies.

In short: This delicious recipe combines classic flavors with punchy Brazil nuts that will bring warmth to heart and soul in every mouthful. It’s versatile, easy to make and budget-friendly – what’s not to love?

Ingredient List

 Creamy Brazil Nut Hard Sauce: a delicious dessert topping that will make you go nuts!
Creamy Brazil Nut Hard Sauce: a delicious dessert topping that will make you go nuts!

Before delving into the magic of the creamy Brazil Nut hard sauce, one must make sure to have all the necessary ingredients. The following is a list of ingredients you will need to make this nutty and delicious recipe:


  • 1 cup (100g) Brazil nuts, finely ground
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

With these ingredients in hand, you will be able to create a simple and delightful hard sauce that goes beautifully with a variety of desserts. Not only that but Brazil nuts are also packed with health benefits! These nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that supports healthy cognitive function and boosts immunity. So, besides enjoying the savory taste of this amazing Brazilian nut, you’ll also be aiding your overall well-being.

The Recipe How-To

 This decadent hard sauce is the perfect finishing touch to any dessert.
This decadent hard sauce is the perfect finishing touch to any dessert.

Let me take you to the heart of the matter: the recipe. The one that is going to make your day special – Brazil Nut Hard Sauce Recipe.


  • 1 cup brazil nuts

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Step 1: Begin by grinding the brazil nuts in a food processor until they become fine and powdery. Do not over-process them, or you’ll end up with nut butter!

Step 2: In a small pot, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, add in the ground brazil nuts and stir continuously for about two minutes or until fragrant.

Step 3: Add in the confectioners’ sugar and salt gradually while continuously stirring. With each addition, make sure that everything is properly incorporated before adding more.

Step 4: Gradually whisk in the milk- just about a tablespoon at a time. You want to end up with a smooth and creamy sauce.

Step 5: Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and continue to whisk until everything is well mixed.

Voila! Your creamy Brazil Nut Hard Sauce is ready!


If you’d like to make it thicker or thinner, simply adjust the amount of confectioners’ sugar and milk accordingly.

Scoop this rich sauce on top of bread pudding or plum pudding for a next-level dessert. You can also serve it with your favorite fruits like strawberries, raspberries or on brownies! I love it with ice cream which gives it an extra creaminess and nutty punch.

That’s all folks! Enjoy preparing and savoring this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce recipe – the perfect way to add some deliciousness to your desserts.

Substitutions and Variations

 Luscious and nutty, this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce adds a unique twist to classic sweet treats.
Luscious and nutty, this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce adds a unique twist to classic sweet treats.

I must confess that a recipe is merely a suggestion, and I always encourage my fellow cooks to follow their hearts in the kitchen. There are countless ways to make this nut hard sauce recipe your own, from making variations based on taste preferences to swapping ingredients to adapt for dietary restrictions.

First, the Brazil nuts can be swapped with other nuts such as almonds or pecans for a different flavor and texture. Enjoy the nutty goodness of this creamy Brazil nut sauce recipe by exploring new dimensions of taste with each variation.

For those who are lactose intolerant, butter can be replaced with non-dairy options such as vegan butter, coconut oil or cashew cream. For the health-conscious and vegans alike, this recipe can also be modified by using nut butter instead of butter.

Additionally, this hard sauce recipe would not be complete without mentioning some variations that will take your dining experience to a whole new level. One of my favorites is to incorporate caramelized Brazil nuts into the sauce itself, adding another layer of complexity and sweetness. This variation pairs perfectly with bread puddings or drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

For those who prefer their hard sauce on the savory side, I recommend trying a green Brazil nut sauce made by blending together fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro and garlic with Brazil nuts. This variation complements dishes like pasta or mushroom nut loaf exceptionally well.

And finally, for those looking for an extra kick of flavor, try swapping out brandy for a bold stout like Russian Imperial Stout when soaking the fruit in Christmas pudding recipe! The deep flavors of caramel and chocolate in stout work wonders with the natural nutty flavors in this hard sauce.

Remember that cooking is all about discovering what works best for you in your kitchen. So don’t be afraid to experiment and let your culinary creativity run free with these substitutions and variations on this classic Brazil nut hard sauce recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs regular old whipped cream when you can have Brazil Nut Hard Sauce?
Who needs regular old whipped cream when you can have Brazil Nut Hard Sauce?

Serving a Brazil Nut Hard Sauce is simple, yet elegant. This delectable treat is perfect for topping off classic desserts such as plum pudding, bread pudding or Christmas pudding. You can also use it as a dip for fruit or drizzle it over ice cream.

Pairing suggestions are aplenty, but my favorite would be to pair the sauce with a rich dessert wine such as Madeira or Port. The sweet and nutty flavors of the Brazil nut hard sauce complement beautifully with the complex notes found in these wines. For a non-alcoholic option, a cup of fragrant tea would be the perfect accompaniment.

If you have enough time, try making homemade cakes or pies to complement the creamy texture of the Brazil Nut Hard Sauce. One great idea is to bake some nutty blondies or a even a vegan version of parmesan cheese. Trust me; this dish will elevate any dessert into something extraordinary.

So go ahead and indulge yourself in this culinary delight. It’s sure to be the talk of the table, wherever you decide to serve it.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dollop of this flavorful hard sauce will take your ice cream sundae to the next level.
A dollop of this flavorful hard sauce will take your ice cream sundae to the next level.

As a busy chef, I totally get the importance of make-ahead recipes! That’s why I’m pleased to say that this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce Recipe is perfect for making in advance. In fact, the flavors of this recipe only get better with time.

To make ahead, I recommend preparing the sauce according to instructions and letting it cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

When ready to serve, simply reheat the sauce slowly in a small saucepan over low heat. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent scorching. If you prefer a thinner consistency, simply add a splash of heavy cream or milk until desired consistency is achieved.

This nutty sauce also freezes incredibly well! Prepare as instructed and allow it to cool completely. Then, transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating as instructed above.

Remember, because this recipe contains real butter it will firm up when refrigerated or frozen but will become creamy again once heated.

Whether you’re serving it with fruit or poured over bread pudding or plum pudding, this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce Recipe will make an amazing addition to your holiday menu.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Looking for a fancy topping for your homemade cakes? Brazil Nut Hard Sauce will do the trick.
Looking for a fancy topping for your homemade cakes? Brazil Nut Hard Sauce will do the trick.

If you want a perfect Brazil Nut Hard Sauce, it is important to have some tricks up your sleeve. From the ingredient selection to cooking techniques, here are my tips for the best nut hard sauce you’ll ever taste.

Firstly, when working with brazil nuts, it is essential to use fresh ingredients. Brazil nuts can quickly become rancid due to their high-fat content. For this reason, purchase the freshest nuts possible and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. The fresher your nuts, the creamier your brazil nut hard sauce will be.

Secondly, remember that butter is the secret ingredient of this recipe since it provides flavor and consistency. Therefore, use unsalted butter and let it soften at room temperature before starting the preparation.

To give your Brazil Nut Hard Sauce that extra kick of flavor, try adding a dash of powdered cinnamon or nutmeg, which pair perfectly with brazil nuts’ subtle sweetness. Another option is to use caramel-covered Brazil Nuts instead of plain ones; this will give your hard sauce a hint of caramel sweetness that goes well with desserts like apple or pumpkin pie.

When mixing your ingredients, always opt for a low-speed setting on your mixer or food processor. High-speed blending can lead to uneven texture and cause lumps to form within the sauce.

For those who prefer vegan options, you can substitute butter with vegan margarine or coconut oil for a healthier twist without losing the delicate taste of brazil nuts.

Lastly, if you are serving the nut hard sauce as a complement to some dish like bread pudding or plum pudding, go for soft-texture bread instead of crusty ones since the latter may harm the sauce’s creamy consistency.

By following these tips and being mindful of proper ingredient handling and mixing techniques, your Brazil Nut Hard Sauce will surely impress all who try it.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this creamy Brazil Nut Hard Sauce recipe is a perfect addition to any dessert, especially tender and sweet bread pudding or Christmas pudding. With its unique nutty flavor and a hint of vanilla extract, it’s no exaggeration to say that it will elevate any dessert to a heavenly experience! Not only is the Brazil nut delicious, but it also comes with numerous health benefits due to its high selenium content. Plus, this recipe is incredibly easy and simple to make; you can have it ready in less than ten minutes!

So, next time you’re in search of the perfect sauce recipe, try this Brazil Nut Hard Sauce. It has the power to make even plain fruit or nuts hard taste heavenly. Whether you’re an experienced chef looking for a new sauce recipe to add to your arsenal, or a beginner cook looking for an impressive yet straightforward recipe, this one is sure to impress every time. So go ahead and give it a try; I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Brazil Nut Hard Sauce

Brazil Nut Hard Sauce Recipe

A variation of an old favorite generally served on hot puddings as a garnish. From the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1677.3 kcal


  • 1/3 cup butter (no substitutions)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cream (more if needed)
  • 2/3 cup brazil nut, shelled and crushed


  • Cream butter; add sugar gradually, beating well.
  • Add salt, cream and nuts; continue beating until you get a light texture.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 305gCalories: 1677.3kcalCarbohydrates: 132gProtein: 14.3gFat: 128.1gSaturated Fat: 55.9gCholesterol: 179.2mgSodium: 735.6mgFiber: 7gSugar: 120.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Fruit, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Nuts, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.