Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hot Fudge & Caramel... You're welcome!


I looooooooooooooooove hot fudge and so I tried a few different recipes and tweaked a bit before settling on this variation as my very favorite.  It's so quick and easy... you can have it made and be pouring it over cazookies or ice cream (or both) in no time at all.  Just don't walk away from it or you may be cleaning up a big bubbling mess off your stove!  (I may or may not be speaking from experience here.)

Hot Fudge Sauce
1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. It will seem a little thin, but will thicken as it cools. Can be refrigerated and reheated.

My very good friend on the other hand is a caramel addict, so I've tried a couple of different recipes to find one that isn't too thick and sweet and so far this has definitely been my favorite.  I may have had a spoonful just this morning in lieu of  breakfast... Enjoy!
Caramel Sauce
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Combine butter, brown sugar, water, salt and evaporated milk in a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Bring to boil for 3 to 5 minutes depending upon thickness desired.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.