Ask For It: Persephone’s Chocolate Bourbon Sauce


Hopefully you’ve picked up your copy of the summer/fall issue of Dishing. If you’ve read our Ask For It column, you’ll notice that we promised to publish the recipe for Persephone Bakery’s chocolate bourbon sauce that goes along with the bread pudding (on page 10).

We’ve made it pretty well known how much we love Persephone. Husband and wife Kevin and Ali Cohane are doing some amazing things with their bakery. I know I will be making this soon.

And don’t forget to write to us at to let us know what recipes you want from our local restaurants.

Persephone’s Chocolate Bourbon Sauce


  • (I would use my kitchen scale for this one.)
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1.25 kg cream
  • 0.45 kg butter
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (Persephone uses grated dark chocolate)


  • Heat up a large pot on a medium high flame.
  • Once the pan is hot, add a tablespoon of sugar, and mix it till it melts.
  • Once melted, add another tablespoon of sugar and mix until melted.
  • Continue this process, adding more sugar gradually, until all the sugar has melted.
  • Continue to cook the sugar while stirring occasionally until it has become darkly caramelized.
  • De-glaze the pot by streaming in a cup of cream.
  • Do this slowly as the caramel will bubble up drastically, while constantly mixing with a spatula. Continue to add the rest of the cream and mix until smooth.
  • Place the butter in a separate bowl and strain the heated caramel sauce over it.
  • Mix the melted butter and caramel until combined.
  • Once the caramel sauce is made, mix in bourbon and chocolate chips to your desired taste.
  • *Persephone adds chocolate to the sauce for their chocolate bread pudding. This creates a richly layered chocolate flavor. However, they only add bourbon if they are doing a non-chocolate bread pudding.

About Author

Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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