Friday, January 7, 2011

Choclate Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate and raspberries are always a winning combination especially on a syrup that can be used on pancakes, crepes, waffles, etc. 
Chocolate Raspberry Sauce recipe from cherryteacakes.com
I know that Ice Cream year is over but it felt a little odd to not have made ice cream in "so long." When you get used to making it every few days going any longer than a week seems somewhat lonesome...and I'd gone nearly two! Ice creams have condiments too so they won't be wholly forgotten this year, just not on center stage....wow, I feel sorry for ice cream, an inanimate object that I eat....I. Need. A. Life.

Actually, like I said in the last post I've been all too busy. But you should congratulate me on taking a few hours off to go have dinner with an old friend in town. Actually, Leeann and her husband Paul were two of the influences that had me falling in love with DC. Paul was "in charge" of me (which is a feat in itself) for a conference I attended in DC when I was a junior in high school (he will tell you the horror stories if you like). That was when I fell in love with this city. Through the years since I've moved here, Paul and Leeann have flown through a few times, and every time I'm reminded of how glad I am that Paul picked me to go to that conference. He probably didn't know how much that one choice would influence my life, but I'm so glad of it. I don't think I ever would have come to DC if it wasn't for Paul and Leeann! And if I never moved to DC, I probably wouldn't have had to the guts to start a cooking blog, to write for the Examiner. It's odd to think about, but that one trip really changed my life. I'm glad of it, and for having the time to visit with Leeann last night and have a lovely little dinner at Co Co Sala.

And with that, enjoy some raspberry chocolate syrup and have a lovely Friday!
Chocolate Raspberry Syrup

4 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries  
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate square
1 1/3 cups sugar

1Crush berries thoroughly (and thaw if using frozen). Sieve to remove seeds if desired.

Measure 2 cups of crushed fruit and the sugar into a heavy saucepan. Chop or grate the chocolate and add it to the saucepan

Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture thickens slightly. Serve warm or cold over ice cream, pancakes, crepes, or waffles. Store remaining syrup in the refrigerator.   

Basic Vanilla Custard

5 egg yolks
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 cups half and half
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Scald half and half over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Remove from heat. 

In a stand mixer whisk together the yolks and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually pour the scalded half and half down the side of the bowl as the mixer is still going. 

Pour the mixture back into the sauce pan, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture has thickened and will coat the back of the spoon. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Add in vanilla. Chill the custard thoroughly. About two hours. 

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Allow the ice cream to churn until finished and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

24 comments:

  1. Condiment year is getting of to a great start! I'm very excited for what you have coming! I found your blog halfway thru ice cream year, so I'll have to start reading some of your archives.

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  2. This sounds terrific! Chocolate and raspberry is a match made in heaven. A local company here makes dark chocolate raspberry jam and it's to die for.

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  3. This looks divine! I love the flavor combination of chocolate and raspberries.

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  4. Two of my favorite flavors in one sauce. Maybe it's just my Friday-mentality, but I also wondered how I could some how use this in a cocktail :)

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  5. Seriously, you are the undisputed queen of ice cream! This looks SO GOOD. I just got a new ice cream book so I can't wait to make this topping for it!

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  6. Yah, I want an icecream maker so so bad. This sauce is just stunning to look at

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  7. I can imagine soooooo many things I'd enjoy with that (or just alone, I suppose). Ah...DC. =)

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  8. I'm not a chocolate fan, but my boyfriend is already begging me to make this for him! So it looks like this will be dessert tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. Gorgeous! I love chocolate and raspberries, this sauces is dee-voon!

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  10. holey moley, that looks amazing! i love the chocolate-raspberry combo... and that ice cream looks so perfectly round!

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  11. Wow!! I love raspberries so much! Not to mention when they're mixed with chocolate. Yum!!

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  12. Woww this looks fantastic. Im in d berry mood as well. I have been adding them to a lot of my baking. Yours certainly looks fantastic.

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  13. Chocolate and raspberries are heavenly to me. One of my favorite combos. I'm not a big ice cream person, but when I do have it this sauce would be ideal. I have a deep dark chocolate truffle ice cream that I've been meaning to make and this sauce would be an excellent topper! Beautiful pics, I really like your bowl and spoon set!

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  14. Yummy! This looks amazing!! I must try this recipe someday.. looks so fruity and creamy and everything!:))

    Greets

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  15. Ice cream year over? Madness! :) This sauce looks fabulous. Such a beautiful flavor combination.

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  16. very nice! the sauce sounds delish!

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  17. Raspberries and chocolate are such a wonderful combination and this sauce looks amazing. It has my mouth watering.

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  18. Oh, I'm so going to love your condiment year, especially seeing that ice cream will be making an appearance ever now and again. The sauce looks fantastic.

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  19. I've had raspberry sauce ON chocolate, but never combines chocolate and raspberries to form a sauce. Thank God you thought of it, because it's a great discovery!

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  20. The recipe asked for "1 unsweetened chocolate squares".
    What's the measurements? is it a 16oz square? 32oz square?

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  21. gosh i hate it when i forget words! ounce! one ounce! thanks for catching that! a 1 ounce square!

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  22. WoW! absolutely gorgeous. .yummy.=0

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