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.
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.