Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dark Hot Fudge & Vanilla Ice Cream

It finally feels like summer here where I live!  I actually got hot outside yesterday.  With the 4th of July coming up quickly, I thought I would share my recipe for Dark Hot Fudge and Vanilla Ice Cream.  This is a simple dessert that cannot fail to please on a hot summer day.  It's also ridiculously easy and can be made in advance.

Start by putting 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a sauce pan.  Sift in 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to prevent any lumps.  Try not to make a mess all over the stove top like I did.
Stir in 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup corn syrup.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and sugar is completely dissolved.  Mmmm, lookin' good.
Put in 1/4 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of water, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.  There is a full stick of butter in my picture because I was making a double batch.  Stir constantly until butter is melted.  Remove from heat.

I pour mine into a mason jar for storage.  It keeps very well in the refrigerator.  Just reheat in the microwave whenever you want hot fudge.  As I mentioned, this a double recipe.  One batch makes about one pint of hot fudge.  Hmm, put a festive ribbon on these jars and you would have a great gift to take to that 4th of July barbecue.
The ice cream has only 3 ingredients and is so easy that I didn't even take any pictures.  It has half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.  I couldn't resist sprinkling my ice cream with a few almonds.  For a more July 4th look you could sprinkle on some red, white, and blue jimmies.  Here is a printable recipe for you.
Dark Hot Fudge
Happy Independence Day!


P.S.  If you look closely in the photos you can see one of the many projects I've been working on.  No more ugly green counter top in my pictures!  These are my new, homemade counter tops.

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