It’s Raining Chocolate

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Rainy season is upon us and it announced its arrival in the most dramatic way.  Trees falling on cars, trees falling on a Skytrain, trees falling on a PEDESTRIAN.  Then there were the power outages, many homes lost power over the weekend, and many traffic lights weren’t working.  Busy intersections became 4 ways stops everywhere.  I know what you’re thinking, big deal, it’s just a traffic issue.  But I was in Richmond.  Where a lot of Mainlanders live.  Who all go AT ONCE at a regular 4 way stop.  Now can you imagine my fear?  It was SCARY.  Did I mention the high speed winds tearing down fences at the Vancouver Zoo allowing many animals including a grizzly bear to roam free? Yeah yeah, Mother Nature.  We get it.  Summer’s over.

The days are darker and chilly now and I just want to curl up in bed and plough through the book I’m currently reading, “The Romanov Sisters,” by Helen Rappaport, which I bought at Powell’s Books on my last trip to Portland. With a cup of steaming hot chocolate.  My idea of a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Last Sunday (fortunately we didn’t lose power), my friend Sasa made the most delicious homemade hot fudge sauce.  She added salt to it making it dangerously addictive.  It was sweet and salty and absolutely unreal.  We ate it with Haagen Dazs’ vanilla bean ice cream (vanilla ice cream’s just not good enough if you don’t see vanilla bean flecks, in my opinion).  Actually, it was more like I had a bowl of hot fudge sauce with vanilla ice cream on the side.  And I LOVE ice cream but this hot fudge sauce just stole the show.  It’s so easy to make too.  Sasa shared the recipe with me so now I can have it with ice cream, with milk, with berries, oatmeal, you name it.  You know where to find me this weekend, I’ll be curled up in bed with my book sipping my salty sweet hot chocolate.  Thanks Sasa for sharing the recipe!

What book are you reading right now? How do you like to spend your rainy afternoons?

Sasa’s Hot Fudge Sauce
Recipe from Ayeisha (aka Sasa) Hong

What you’ll need:
8 squares of semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup whipping cream (or heavy cream)
4 tsp whole milk
lots of salt (until you think it’s yummy says Sasa!  She normally puts about 1 -1.5 Tbsp ground sea salt)
5 Tbsp sugar (if the chocolate is bitter, probably add more, she says)
1/4 cup butter

What to do:
1. Melt the chocolate and heavy cream in a small pot over medium low heat.

2. When the chocolate and cream is almost fully melted, incorporate the milk and constantly stir with a whisk.

3. When it turns into a slightly lighter chocolate colour add in the butter, sugar and salt.

4. Taste it.  If it’s too bitter, add a little more milk and sugar.  If it’s too sweet, add more salt.

5. Serve while still hot

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Here’s another way to enjoy the hot fudge sauce.  Spread a thick layer between 2 cookies and wait for it to cool.  I had this delicious peanut butter cookie chocolate sandwich at The Last Crumb.  Or, you can always just toss in some nuts (and dried fruit if you like), pour it into a cake pan, and then let it cool.  Et voila, you have homemade salty and sweet fudge.

Enjoy!

– SS

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