For Chocolate Lovers only  

The Doughnut Sundae

Tips: I’ve never seen or heard of this combination before, but it seems a natural to me. Warm doughnuts are sandwiched with ice cream, which is drizzled with hot fudge sauce or chocolate syrup. Everything is garnished, naturally, with whipped cream. As you might expect, this is a dessert that requires last-minute preparation and immediate serving, but luckily it’s very simple and quick to make. It is important that you not use any kind of frosted or filled doughnut to make this, as those won’t stand this type of heating. I’ve used everything from sugar-glazed chocolate to toasted coconut doughnuts, but again, nothing frosted or filled will work.

Most people will recognize that this is a dietary indulgence of spectacular dimensions (although any teenagers out there might disagree), so I suggest sharing it with a friend. Please use the best-quality ingredients you can find, as quality will really show through in a dessert with so few ingredients. It is possible to make this an ultra-chocolate fest by chocolate doughnuts and chocolate ice cream, but I like color and textural contrasts. If I were using chocolate doughnuts here, I’d use an ice cream of a different color, perhaps a good chocolate chip, or maybe a coffee ice cream with toffee bar chunks. One combination I’ve found that works very well is cinnamon doughnuts paired with Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ™ (banana ice cream with chocolate and walnut chunks). Use your imagination!

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 1 full-size doughnut of your choice (not frosted or filled)
  • 1 large scoop ice cream of your choice, slightly softened
  • Good-quality chocolate syrup OR slightly warmed hot fudge sauce
  • Whipped cream, unsweetened OR lightly sweetened

Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Have ready your ice cream, chocolate syrup/fudge sauce, and whipped cream, as well as a cereal bowl large enough in diameter to hold the doughnut.

Using a very sharp, serrated knife, slice the doughnut in half horizontally so you are left with two thinner halves. Place each half cut side down on the foil-lined baking sheet. Place in preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until hot and cut surfaces are lightly toasted.

Work quickly now. With a broad-bladed spatula, life one doughnut half off the baking sheet; place it cut side up in the cereal bowl. Top the doughnut half with a large scoop of ice cream. Quickly top with the second doughnut half, cut side down; with broad-bladed spatula, gently press the doughnut “sandwich” down slightly. Drizzle in your best minimalist fashion with chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve immediately---with two spoons or forks.


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...Published: July 2005