We have favorite brands of products. I am rather devoted to those which I love and often I would rather by none at all rather than a different brand. Thus, I found myself without the promised chocolate sauce for Madeleine's birthday angel food cake.
I knew I had made Dorie Greenspan's chocolate sauce before and loved it, but this is the summer of Ruth. I turned to my summer cookbook and found a hot fudge recipe.
After one child guest told us it must be made out of all fake things because it had corn syrup in it (someone asked how I made it), I took a deep breath and went to my happy place. I didn't have to wait long for her (and everyone else) to get over the "fake stuff" and talk about how wonderful the sauce was.
If you make this, use the best chocolate you can. We used our Chicago chocolate (from Blommer's--a chocolate factory who filled our Architectural boat tour with a wonderful aroma) and this sauce was amazing. I may be hording it a bit in the fridge and hoping everyone else forgets about it so there is more to myself. I don't think that's really possible though.
Makes about 2 cups
Hot Fudge Sauce
adapted slightly from Ruth Reichl's My Kitchen Year
2/3 c heavy cream
1/3 c brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cocoa powder (Dutch processed is preferable)
1/2 c light corn syrup
6 oz bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped or in chip form)
2 T butter
1 t instant espresso powder
1 t vanilla
Combine heavy cream, brown sugar, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture has reached a smooth consistency, stir in the corn syrup. Continue to stir frequently over medium heat and add the bittersweet chocolate. Stir constantly and bring the sauce to a near (or slow) boil. Once the sauce is thick and rippling, stir in the butter and instant espresso powder. Once the butter has melted and is incorporated, stir in the vanilla. Keep warm until ready to pour on ice cream (if it's soonish) or allow to cool and store in the refrigerator until you need it. Microwave cooled sauce briefly to heat up and soften. Pour over ice cream or angel food cake (and berries!).