Love and leftovers can make you do the darndest things. Cornelius loves ice cream. So much so that he once was tempted to officially change his middle name after his most favorite dessert. I’m so glad he didn’t. I think we both would have died of embarassment at our wedding ceremony if the officiant had said, “Do you, Cornelius Ice Cream Bergen, take this woman to be your wife…” Indeed!
When it comes to ice cream, I’m more of a purist. I like my ice cream hard and icy without much fuss or muss. And while I appreciate the asthetic retro charm of a nicely composed sundae, I can do without the overly sweet sauce and day-glo cherry. Cornelius, on the other hand, keeps his sweet tooth at the ready all the time. So when I had a small amount of leftover whipping cream in the fridge, I figured I would do my best to meet his sweet tooth half way. Spying a recipe from Entertaining for a Veggie Planet, I figured I would do my best to make an ice cream topping worthy of the prettiest ice cream sundae. Although, I made a few changes to the recipe to cut down some of the fat and sugar, the recipe didn’t suffer from the changes. Cornelius downed his first bowl in record time and while eating his second bowl of hot fudge topped ice cream, demanded that we buy larger bowls! Rich, sweet and guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
world’s best peanut butter – hot fudge sauce
Recipe adapted from Didi Emmons’ Entertaining for a Veggie Planet
1/4 c heavy cream
1/4 c milk
2 T unsalted butter, cut into small peices
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c good quality cocoa powder
1/4 c natural crunchy peanut butter
pinch of salt
1. In a heavy saucepan, heat the cream and butter over medium heat. When the mixture simmers, add the sugars and stir until dissolved.
2. Reduce heat to low and add the cocoa powder, peanut butter and salt. Whisk until smooth. If you find it too thick, add some more milk and combine until smooth. Remove from heat. Serve immediately or keep warm.
This sauce can be kept for up to 3 weeks in the fridge. Reheat in microwave or in a heavy saucepan over low heat, adding water if too thick.
I´d gladly change my name to Hot Fudge. Though now that I write it, it sounds a bit dodgy. I´ll stick to my given name, and just enjoy the sauce
Just stumbled across your blog and I think it’s brilliant! Considering the fact that we’re having a bitter winter here in Melbourne, there’s no ice-cream in my freezer, but for the sake of this hot fudge sauce (with peanut butter, no less!), I may need to buy some!
Or heck, I may just make it and use it to flavour a glass of soymilk 😉
There must be chocolate and ice cream on the brain in the food blogsphere – I recently posted a recipe for chocolate-chili sauce! My husband had had a bad day, and this sauce cheered him up considerably. I think, however, that for a really bad day, your peanut butter hot fudge sauce may become my go-to! Thanks for your excellent blog.
Lobstersquad, I agree that changing your name to Hot Fudge would indeed raise a few eyebrows!
Ellie, this sauce is pretty tasty and would melt even the bitterest of winters! I’m sure Cornelius would even agree that ice cream isn’t that necessary for this sauce…he thinks it would taste great slathered over a banana!
Mmmm, a chocolate-chili sauce sounds delicious, Carolyn! Yes, I think bad days and hot fudge sauce could just be a match made in heaven!
I love ice cream! I’m trying to get my sister to drive me to Buffalo just to go to a Cold Stone!
I just wanted to say that I made the tomato,onion, feta sandwiches and the tuna bean salad and they were both delicious and got thumbs up all around! I couldn’t find canelli beans so just ended up using a bean medley.
I could eat that feta spread with a spoon though!Okay I did eat it with a spoon!
This comment doesn’t have much to do with this post but with all the others you’ve posted. I am just curious what your shopping list is like. Do you have staples that are always on hand? I just feel like I run to the store every day if not every other day to pick up things I need. I guess I was just wondering if that is what you do as well or if you are very detailed and if so, how can I be a better shopper making sure I have all ingredients without running to the store all the time or letting things rot in the fridge. Thanks!
Brandy, i’ve never been to a cold stone creamery, but i’ve always heard it’s overrated….however, i’m certainly not one to turn down a road trip that ends with ice cream!
Rachel, i also run to the store quite frequently to pick up items. i usually get inspired to make a meal and will have to run out and get a few things. i’m probably not the best help with making shopping lists! when i’m in the stores, i also end up buying what looks fresh and tasty.
Looks like we are on the same page. I just have a 3 year old and am currently 8 months pregnant so I think I am just exhausted by any trips outside of my airconditioning right now! Ha ha!
Sounds delicious. Evil, but delicious.
just what this sweet tooth needs, a very sinful sauce to top ice cream! YEA! I think I will be making this weekend.
That looks very good – I’ve been thinking about making a less-sugar version of a chocolate sauce or syrup, but you beat me to it. I’ll have to give it a try…
sara, it was delicious with only a little bit of devil mixed in!
dawna, it was good with ice cream but so much better eating it just with a spoon. i’m guilty!
oh it’s a very good sauce, tanya! perfect for every weekend!
oh too marvelous for words.
thee..hee..just a little fun fact: there’s actually a character named Cornelius Fudge in the harry potter series..
Guh-REAT blog, bytheway
bna, it was delicious even just eating it with a spoon out of the jar. yum!
cumi, haha!! i totally forgot about that. good call!