Yesterday was our youngest grandson's first birthday.
We had to celebrate long distance as he is in Boston and we're in Virginia.
Our newly married daughter (who lives locally) and her new hubs came over for dinner and we all Skyped with the rest of the family, singing Happy Birthday and watching the little birthday fella practice his newly found walking ability.
Since no birthday celebration is complete without dessert, we whipped up our favorite Hot Fudge Sauce and served it over some Breyers Vanilla ice cream. Yummmmm.
I always keep the ingredients in the pantry so I can make this sauce at a moments notice.
It's hard to photograph hot fudge sauce as it melts the ice cream and causes you to drool a little bit.
I had to hurry as the family was snatching the bowls off of the counter.
Here's the recipe: (makes 1 1/2 cups sauce)
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 stick butter
5 oz. can evaporated milk (now that we eat healthier, I use real cream instead)
3/4 cup sugar (I only use 1/2 cup)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over med/low heat. Add milk, sugar, and salt. Mix well and cook 20 minutes over low heat. Stir in vanilla. To store, cover and keep in fridge for 2 weeks. Reheat slowly.
** This recipe easily doubles for a crowd
** If you don't care for dark chocolate, you can substitute semi-sweet chocolate
** If necessary, you can simply eat this by the spoonful for a quick chocolate fix (in my humble opinion)
Warning: If you make this recipe for guests, you will be required to provide the recipe for them. They won't leave your home without it.