Bob and I had his sister and her boyfriend over for dinner a few weeks ago. I debated about what to make for dessert. Flipping through my Ben & Jerry's Dessert Cookbook, I wanted to make just about everything! I finally decided on Hot Fudge Sundaes - French vanilla ice cream, homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, and of course maraschino cherries.
This hot fudge was pretty simple to make, it just takes a while. The great thing is that it keeps stored in fridge (where it hardens to a consistency of traditional fudge), so you can enjoy the leftovers at your own pace. I actually thought it was even better a few days later . . . eaten by itself . . . directly from the container . . . cold . . . with a spoon. Yeah, it's that good :)
Hot Fudge Sauce
Makes 2 cups
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 stick butter
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk*
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream*
*I just used 1/2 cup of whole milk because it's what I had on hand.
1. Melt the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently, in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add the cocoa and whisk until dissolved.
2. Using a slotted spoon, gradually stir in the sugar. (The mixture should be the consistency of wet sand.) Cook, stirring occasionally, over simmering water for 20 minutes. Check the water level in the double boiler occasionally and replenish if necessary.
3. Gradually stir in the milk and cream and keep stirring until completely blended. Continue cooking, stirring and checking the water occasionally, for 1 hour. The fudge is ready when it is completely smooth and all the sugar is dissolved. Store leftovers in fridge; it lasts a "long time" according to the book.
Source: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice cream & Dessert Book