Three Minutes to Silken Chocolate Heaven
Quick recipes are a boon only if they follow through with taste – and this super easy and fast chocolate sauce comes through on all accounts. The choice of chocolate is very important. With so few ingredients, choose carefully and use one that you absolutely adore. Reminder: half-and-half is simply a one-to-one ratio of whole milk and heavy cream, if you want to go that route. Check out Yigit Pura’s other recipe, Pistachio–Vietnamese Cinnamon Brittle, also from his new book, Sweet Alchemy. And don’t miss our interview.
Excerpted with permission from Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magicby Yigit Pura, published by Chronicle Books, 2014. Photographs by Frankie Frankeny.
My addiction to ice cream knows no bounds. A pint of store-bought ice cream has been my dinner on more than one occasion. As a young pastry cook in New York City, I lived in a tiny apartment with a roommate. Our oven was storage space, and there was no pantry to speak of. We decided one night to make ice cream sundaes and pulled all the sweet ingredients we could find out of the cupboard. In my mind, there is no sundae without the chocolate sauce, and it was some kind of a miracle that these three ingredients were in the apartment. I mixed them together, put the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes, and voilà! A silky, rich chocolate sauce that made me and my roommate feel like kids for one night.
- 125 g/4.4 oz 64% to 72% dark chocolate
- 160 g/2/3 cup half-and-half
- 15g/1 tbsp granulated sugar
- Place the chocolate, half-and-half, and sugar in a glass or plastic bowl. In a microwave, on medium power, cook the mixture to melt the chocolate and combine. This should take about 3 minutes; stir the mixture every 15 to 20 sec¬onds so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Remove from the microwave when fully melted. If a microwave is not available, combine all the ingredients in a stainless-steel or glass bowl and place over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Gently melt the chocolate while stir¬ring with a rubber spatula, 3 to 5 minutes. Use a handheld blender to incorporate the ingredients and create a silky, sexy sauce. Use immediately.