As this dessert sauce cools, it may, like other sauces, form a layer of 'skin' on top. This happens naturally as the fat from the cream rises to the surface and sets slightly as it reacts with the cooler air. This skin is nothing to be afraid of, and when you reheat the sauce, it will dissolve and reincorporate into the sauce naturally as you stir it. If you want to serve your sauce cold, gently removing the skin is the best way to go. Incorporating it by whisking it in with the rest of the cold sauce does not work well and may result in an uneven texture. Try storing the sauce with a layer of cling film directly on top of its surface to prevent a skin from forming at all.
You can easily and quickly whip up a delicious homemade sauce with dark chocolate to use for various kinds of dessert. Below, you can read our answers to some of the most asked questions about chocolate sauce, among other things, how to best thicken, use, and store it.
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An easy chocolate sauce is a fast way to make great desserts even better or make the best dipping sauce. Calling for just three different ingredients – dark chocolate, double cream, and butter – and taking only 15 minutes to prepare, this recipe is sure to become your new staple dessert treat. The cream and small amount of butter make the sauce shiny and give this thick sauce a perfect consistency and velvety mouthfeel. The dark chocolate is of course the be-all and end-all of the recipe and gives the sauce its characteristic rich chocolaty flavour that is both sweet and a little bit bitter.
Our simple chocolate sauce is easy to prepare and has many different uses that are equally delicious. Read on to learn about some of the best ways to use your homemade dessert sauce.
This homemade sauce is great poured onto desserts like pancakes and Belgian waffles. To make the ultimate, indulgent dessert, pair one of these golden, fried delights with vanilla ice cream and this sauce – it does not get much better than that. Of course, it also tastes delicious to keep it simple and simply pour the warm sauce on top of a serving of ice-cold, homemade ice cream since this may just be the best chocolate sauce for ice cream. No matter whether you have chosen to make a traditional, old-fashioned vanilla-flavoured ice cream or have decided to experiment with other classic flavours like caramel, peanut butter, or chocolate, this dark chocolate sauce for ice cream will be a hit.
Another option for how to use the homemade dessert sauce is to make an easy and delicious dessert out of fresh fruits and berries with an indulgent chocolate sauce dip. While chocolate-covered strawberries are of course a well-known and well-loved staple, many other types of fruits and berries also taste great paired with chocolate. Experiment with raspberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, and nectarines, depending on what is in season, to figure out your favourite fruit or berry for you delicious dipping chocolate sauce.
If you want to intensify the flavours of your homemade dark chocolate sauce, add ½ teaspoon of sea salt to it as it cooks. Adding salt is a great way of enhancing flavours in both sweet and savoury dishes and combining it with chocolate helps reduce the chocolate's natural bitterness as well.
If you, on the other hand, would like to literally spice up the recipe, try adding powdered red chili. The chili powder's spice works beautifully with the richness of the dark chocolate as well as the creaminess of the butter and cream. A chocolate chili sauce is great as a dipping sauce for sweet fruits like strawberries.
A third option is to give the dessert sauce a warm twist by adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of coffee liqueur, or for instance Kahlua, to it. The addition of cinnamon and alcohol gives the sauce a warming taste as well as a little bit of a kick. It is also delicious with a hint of spirit like cognac or whisky; these are flavours that work especially well with chocolate.