Because I can’t leave well enough alone and just enjoy a scoop of ice cream, I will occasionally make this homemade hot fudge sauce. Hot fudge sauce is actually one of the easiest things to make, with a pretty huge wow factor. You can, actually, just melt some chocolate, stir in some milk or cream, and voila!
Or you can work a little harder and have an even better result with this:
Yummy Hot Fudge Sauce
6 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate (go for the best quality you can find or spring for, quality really shows in this recipe)
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups white sugar, or to taste (this is not an overly sweet recipe, but check and see how it tastes to you if you want your dark chocolate fudge sauce on the bittersweet side)
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk OR the equivalent amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Add in sugar slowly and stir with a wire whisk. Add salt. Add evaporated milk OR cream and stir. Bring mixutre to a low boil, then cook on low til it thickens, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla when you put it on low. Makes 2 and 1/4 cups.
This makes any scoop of ice cream into a party, and is especially good pooled over brownies and peppermint stick ice cream at Christmas. Or any other day of the year. And if you are entertaining, you feel like you got away with not really making dessert, because it is that easy to make this and then heat and pour on top of your choice of ice cream. Mmmmm….
But it is summer, and even I would admit that on some of these hot and humid days of summer, hot fudge sauce isn’t in the top ten for most refreshing dessert. (Number eleven, maybe.) And if you are awash in fresh raspberries like I am, you might just want to try this easy ice cream topping:
Fresh Raspberry Sauce
1 pint fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
In a blender or food processor, purée the raspberries, granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Taste the sauce for sweetness and adjust the sugar or lemon juice as needed. Strain and refrigerate. Pour in generous pools over ice cream. Can consider pouring this AND homemade hot fudge over same scoop of ice cream.
Stay tuned for more ice cream goodness tomorrow! Go have some ice cream today, and come back and tell me what you had!