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Published: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 3:00:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 10:40:08 AM

Cooking up a classic: Chocolate sauce

Good chocolate sauce calls for more than just heating up chocolate and is a recipe that appeals to the novice chef. – Chicago Tribune/MCT

This sauce contains butter, eggs and cream for a rich version.

Chocolate sauce appeals to the novice cook. It seems so simple. Just warm chocolate. Right?

But good chocolate sauce calls for further refinement. I started this project young, which might explain my early mistakes: Cocoa powder. Corn syrup. What did I know?

I moved on to better chocolate, to heavy cream, to whisking and warming with whiskey. I managed good chocolate sauce. Not great chocolate sauce.

Then one night my friend Carbery served fantastic chocolate sauce. Not thin, like the canned drizzle. Not thick, like bottled fudge. Just luscious.

Carbery’s recipe called for egg yolks and for lots of butter, neither of which should have come as a surprise. Butter and yolks emulsify into many an esteemed sauce: hollandaise, Bearnaise, lemon curd. Why not chocolate? It always counts as classic.

Carbery’s Chocolate Sauce
Adapted from a recipe passed along by my friend Carbery, who got it from her sister, who picked it up on a baby-sitting job in the neighbourhood.

Prep: 10 minutes / Cook: 10 minutes / Makes: About 2 cups

2 egg yolks
½ cup light cream
1 cup sugar
60g unsweetened chocolate, chopped
60g semisweet chocolate, chopped
120g (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut up
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prep: Slide yolks into a small bowl. Whisk briefly. Keep handy.

Boil: Pour cream into a medium saucepan. Stir in sugar. Heat to a boil. Slide in both types of chocolate. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring, until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Temper: Whisk 2 tablespoons of the chocolate into the yolks. Whisk these tempered yolks back into the pan of chocolate. Cook, whisking, 1 minute. Pull pan off heat. Stir in butter.

Strain: Use a soft spatula to press sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Stir in vanilla. Lavish over ice cream. – Chicago Tribune/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

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