Bad hair day (I have experienced just way too many of these to count this summer), happy day, sad day, hot day, hotter day, hotter the Hell plus humidity day or any day that ends in ‘Y’, is a great day for chocolate or chocolate sauce or fudge sauce or….well, I think you see where I’m going with this post.
In a matter of about 20 minutes you can cook up your own supply of fudge sauce. This simple and delicious recipe is from Fine Cooking and will yield you about 1 1/4 cups of rich sweet sauce to drizzle on pound cake, fresh fruit, whipping cream, ice cream or whatever else you are craving at the moment, like these homemade light as air and chewy marshmallows (another blog coming your way…). Did I mention the marshmallows were homemade, by me?!
Hot Fudge Sauce
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup boiling water
In a small saucepan mix the cocoa with just enough hot water to stir into a smooth paste. Add in remainder of hot water and stir to dissolve the cocoa.
Add in the butter and cook over a low heat until butter has melted completely. Add in sugar and corn syrup and with a wooden spoon gently stir until combined. During this time have a pastry brush and small cup of water to clean off any crystals that form along edge of saucepan. Now bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat (you want to see bubbles along the edges but not the mixture boiling furiously).
As soon as you see the bubbles along edges set timer for 8 minutes and DO NOT STIR. Just let the mixture bubble away. YOU MAY NEED TO ADJUST HEAT TO KEEP IT SIMMERING.
Either wash or grab a clean wooden spoon as you don’t want to put any sugar crystals into your sauce and once mixture is off the heat stir in the vanilla. Let cool slightly before pouring into jar or containers.
Store in fridge and you can use chilled or heat gently over hot water or in microwave.
Below: Mango Sorbet drizzled with straight from the fridge sauce! Scrumptiously deliciously good!!