Three recipes plus information on how to make chocolate sauce.

chocolate sauce
A deliciously rich and creamy warm chocolate sauce is a must when serving with profiteroles, ice cream, steamed chocolate pudding or churros.

Chocolate sauce is easy to make, however it involves more than just melting chocolate in a pan.
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First of all, you must choose a chocolate that is high in cocoa solids, for a rich chocolate sauce with a strong chocolate flavour. Ideally, choose a dark chocolate containing at least 50% cocoa solids, as this will give the best tasting chocolate sauce.

Although for some people very dark chocolate is bitter and unpleasant to eat on its own, when sugar is added and it is turned into a sauce, the flavour is heavenly.

Other ingredients must be added to the chocolate to make the sauce, as if you melt chocolate on its own, it will soon turn solid again. Chocolate sauce is usually made by melting the dark chocolate with water and sugar and then adding cream or butter. It is then flavoured with a little vanilla extract or even a strong tasting liqueur such as brandy, Kahlua or Grand Marnier.

If you are melting just chocolate without any other ingredients, it is best to do so over a bain-marie or in a bowl over a pan of hot water, however, if the chocolate is melted together with cream, butter or water, it can be done in a saucepan over a very low heat.

Care must be taken not to burn the chocolate or heat it too high, as this can destroy the texture and flavour.

Chocolate sauce is delicious when made with melted rich dark chocolate, although if you do not have any chocolate to hand, you could also use cocoa powder mixed together with milk and cream.

Below are several recipes for chocolate sauce, which include recipes made with chocolate and chocolate powder.

Dark Chocolate Sauce

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Ingredients
  • 6 oz (170 g) of dark chocolate
  • 4 fl oz (115 ml) of water
  • 1 oz (30 g) of butter
  • 6 tbsp of cream
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • ½ tsp of vanilla essence
Method
  1. In a medium sized pan heat the water and sugar, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and continue to stir until all of the sugar has been dissolved.
  2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and cut the butter into small chunks. Add to the pan of water and sugar and stir.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the sauce until the chocolate and butter have melted and all the ingredients have blended together.
  4. Stir in the cream and the vanilla essence.
  5. Serve the chocolate sauce immediately whilst it is still warm.

Rich Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
  • 6 oz (170 g) of plain chocolate
  • 6 fl oz (170 ml) of water
  • 4 oz (115 g) of caster sugar
  • 2 oz (55 g) of butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Method
  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and cut the butter into small pieces also.
  2. Place all of the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat over a low heat, stirring continuously.
  3. Once all the ingredients have melted and blended together, the sauce is ready to serve.

Cocoa Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of milk
  • 1 oz (30 g) of butter
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • 4 tbsp of Cadbury's cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp of cream
  • 1½ tbsp of cornflour
  • ½ tsp of vanilla essence
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Method
  1. Blend together the milk, sugar, cocoa powder and cornflour with a whisk until a smooth paste has formed.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until the mixture begins to boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the stove and add the butter. Stir the butter until it melts and blends into the sauce mixture.
  5. Finally, add the vanilla essence and the cream and stir well.
  6. Serve the sauce warm with your favourite pudding.
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