A couple of weeks ago I was on the phone with my mom when she mentioned that she was making hot fudge. I hadn't had homemade hot fudge since Christmas, and the mere mention of it was enough to have me wake up in the middle of the night with some pregnancy-worthy cravings.
So on Saturday, when the rest of the family was at Underdog, Maren and I made hot fudge. At this point in my life (sad to say), I know the recipe by heart. As far as I'm concerned, there is only one recipe for hot fudge-- the one from this cookbook
I've eaten a lot of hot fudge in my day, and I've never met it's equal. Maren, precocious little thing that she is, likes it too. And just so I'm not alone in my gluttony, I'll share the recipe with you:
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
1 stick of butter
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. heavy cream
Melt together chocolate and butter on top of a double boiler. Whisk in cocoa. Stir in sugar with a slotted spoon (yeah, you need a lot of utensils for this recipe) until the mixture resembles wet sand. Scrape down sides. Let it sit over the simmering water for 20 minutes. Stir in milk and cream and cook for 1 hour, making sure to keep water in the bottom of the double boiler. Makes enough to share with your family for two nights, or enough to hoard and eat over your ice cream while you watch tv after the kids are in bed for about two weeks.