Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chocolate Sauce

This must be what it’s like to be a magician.  You’ve done your silly trick ad nauseum for your kids in your own living room. It’s old hat.

But then you stand in front of people who’ve never seen how the card gets slipped up your sleeve or behind your back, and they marvel at the miracle of the jack of spades showing up behind the audience member’s left ear.
The same thing happens when you make ganache chocolate sauce. My 11 year old makes it now, and it’s on par with putting a chicken in the oven to bake. But somehow it becomes miraculous in front of a crowd of people who have never seen it outside of a Godiva box. Put it together, right in front of them [gasp!], and they absolutely ohh and ahh.
It really is miraculous, this ganache, but it also happens to be the easiest trick in the world.

You’ll Need
1 ½ cup Half-n-Half
8 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan
Warm the Half-n-Half over a medium flame. Add chocolate and stir until completely melted. Fold in the butter until it too has melted in. Off heat, add vanilla.
Chocolate sauce can be stored in the freezer for weeks – as if it’s going to last that long.

Play With Your Food!
Chocolate is like the color black … it goes with almost anything. Add wonderful flavorings to this basic ganache, such as Baileys, Chambourd, strong coffee, dark rum, mint, whiskey, etc. You should try them one at a time, to see which you like best.




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