Posted by: A Part of the Solution | December 12, 2013

Cocoa Powder Chocolate Sauce

I don’t have baking chocolate in the house. I use it if I have it, so it just isn’t a pantry item. And this strategy keeps my consumption of chocolate goods to a relative minimum. I do keep cocoa powder in my pantry. It goes into mole, caponata and my frijoles negros. Plus, then there’s always a little ‘back-up’ chocolate should the occasion arise.

It arose this evening. I ran to the interweb and dialed up cocoa powder based chocolate sauce. The recipe I worked from had most, but not all the components I needed. It also made an unlikely near quart. Cutting the recipe in half produced a manageable volume of finished product. It is perfectly fast, and utterly delicious–and I’ve tweaked it just so.

If you should find yourself hosting a community-wide ice cream social, just multiply this little beauty up, up, up.

Cocoa Powder Chocolate Sauce

1/3 cup, 1 oz, unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup + 1 TBSP, 7.5 oz, sugar, vanilla or orange sugar works extra specially here

1 tsp cornstarch

1 pinch salt

3/4 cup milk, or nut milk, or coconut milk, or soy milk, divided

1 TBSP, .5 oz, unsalted butter (optional)

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small sauce pan. Add 1/4 cup of the milk, and whisk thoroughly until you have a smooth paste. Whisk in the rest of the milk until the ingredients are uniformly combined.

Over medium heat with a wooden spoon or high heat spatula, stir the sauce thoroughly (neglecting no part of the bottom or sides) but gently as it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir for another five minutes as the sauce gently boils.

Off the heat, stir in the butter. Lastly stir in the extract. Cooled and stored in a lidded container, this will last two weeks in your fridge. You wish.


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