Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Very Best Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Something a little different for Tutorial Tuesday today. The Very Best Chocolate Fudge Sauce.
I loved this one as chocolate sauce is so versatile. Perfect for cakes, ice cream topping etc. I think I will be using it for Noah's birthday coming up.

The recipe, text and photos are from Sophisticated Gourmet
Doesn't it look delicious?!

This chocolate sauce recipe is quite easy to remember, as it (conveniently) requires most of the ingredients to be ⅓ cup.
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It all starts with chopping 3.5 ounces (100g) of luscious dark chocolate and earthy-brown cocoa powder being mixed together in a heatproof bowl over simmering water.
Once the pool of chocolate has melted, golden syrup is mixed in. After that, a slug of cream, an avalanche of snow-white confectioner’s sugar, a splash of vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt are mixed into the sweet chocolate puddle.
Once everything is mixed together, it’s poured onto waiting cups filled with scoops of hand made ice cream. Everything is then sprinkled with pistachios, sliced almonds, and chopped almonds.
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Now, I might have alarmed a few of you with the golden syrup. Golden syrup is one of those ingredients you have passed in the isle with maple syrup, honey, and pancake syrups, at your local grocery store / supermarket, without paying it any mind. Here in Middle-of-Nowhere, New Jersey, it’s nearly impossible for me to find certain ingredients, but Golden Syrup doesn’t fall under my list of hard-to-find ingredients. I can find it at all of our local supermarkets and grocery stores without a problem. This sweet, mellow amber elixir is basically cane sugar syrup, and it’s perfect on pancakes (I dare you to try it with your pancakes this weekend!), and in this instance- adds a lot of depth to this chocolate sauce. If you do have trouble finding golden syrup (I use Lyles), feel free to use light corn syrup or light agave nectar in place of it.
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Very Best Chocolate Fudge Sauce Recipe
Makes about 1 cup / 236ml

As stated in the post, Golden Syrup should be quite easy to find (it’s usually near the pancake syrups, honeys, etc. At the grocery store). If you can’t find it, light corn syrup or light agave nectar will work well, too.
Although Dark Chocolate with 70% cocoa content may seem a little too dark for any milk chocolate lover’s liking, that is not the case–I find it works perfectly, especially since it is diluted a bit by the cream and the other ingredients. 70% cocoa content is ideal, but if you don’t have that on hand, use whatever you have– I wouldn’t go below 64% cocoa content, though.
3.5 oz / 100g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons / 15g unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or dutch-processed)
⅓ cup / 116g golden syrup / light corn syrup / light agave nectar
⅓ cup / 75g heavy (double) cream
⅓ cup / 30g Confectioner’s (Powdered) Sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch fine grain sea salt

Place the chopped dark chocolate and cocoa powder in a heatproof bowl over simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water) and heat until the chocolate has melted.

With the pan off the heat, stir in the golden syrup, followed by the heavy cream, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt.
Transfer to a glass jar or heatproof container with a lid, and serve over the ice cream of your choice. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days (that is, if you’re not sharing!). Re-warm before serving.
You can find more delicious recipes from the Sophisticated Gourmet here

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