My mother is famous for many wonderful things, but her sundae sauces seem to get the most applause. I think my husband might have married me for the secret recipe. She's been making hot fudge for as long as I can remember and about ten years ago started making butterscotch sauce too. These toppings take a simple bowl of ice cream to unearthly heights...I'm talking sublime. She keeps a jar or two in the fridge just in case we drop by. Now, we eat a very healthy, organic, and whole food diet... but I throw it all out the window when I see these glass jars next to the ice cream scoop.
I always thought they were some secret recipe...turns out she's been sharing them all along. Well, then of course I had to share it with all of you. Be prepared...once you make it, your family will ask for them again and again! Try them hot over ice cream... alone or together...topped with homemade whipped cream for a sundae. How about a sundae bar where everyone can make their own customized desserts.
from Gifts From the Kitchen
All- American Hot Fudge Sauce
1/2 cup butter
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a heavy sauce pan melt the butter and chocolate together.
2. Mix the cocoa with the 1/4 cup sugar and stir in. Add the cream, the the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
3. Remove from heat immediately and add vanilla. Cool, then Refrigerate.
* Heat before serving by placing container in pan of hot water until sauce reaches pouring consistency
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup (this is my one exception to the no corn syrup rule)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. In a heavy sauce pan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, cream, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Insert a candy thermometer and continue cooking until temperature reaches 238 degrees F.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Edit: Both sauces should be stored in the fridge, but keep quite well for a long time...not that we've ever been able to make them last "a long time"!
We've also enjoyed these sauces warm over waffles (for dessert, of course) and crepes.
Hope your weekend is filled with end of the summer treats!