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10 Toppings You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Sauce recipes, salad dressings and other flavorings will make your summer meals special

Mussels and clams with pesto on outdoor grill, a 10-minute topping recipe for grilled fish

A quick sauce, topping or marinade can add flavor to a meal, such as this pesto sauce for mussels and clams. — Photo by: Lisa Hubbard/Getty Images

In the heat of summer nights, a dish of ice cream is often more appealing than a slice of cake or pie. It's easy to turn a pint of your favorite frozen treat into a special-occasion dessert suited for company: All you need is a spoonful of one of these toppings.

Classic Whipped Cream by Tish Boyle: Dollop it on chocolate cake, spoon it on waffles or drizzle it over a hot fudge sundae: Homemade whipped cream, sweetened and flavored with a hint of vanilla, will find itself at home on all sorts of desserts.

Butterscotch Sauce, Two Ways by James Beard: Whether you prefer the bright sweetness of granulated sugar or the darker, caramel flavor of brown, this butterscotch sauce is delectable poured over ice cream.

Ganache by Warren Brown: The very definition of a creation far greater than the sum of its parts, ganache melds bittersweet chocolate with heavy cream to create a topping for cakes, cupcakes and frozen desserts.

Blonde Mocha Sauce by Nigella Lawson: Creamy melted white chocolate is cut through with espresso powder, served hot or cold for a unique and decadent ice cream topping.

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