This Thursday we are having a very traditional at-home 4th of July celebration. Traditional BBQ spread (the hubster is promising something delicious from the smoker!), followed by piles of fireworks for my two pyros….I mean teenage boys….to set off, and a bonfire in the backyard with s’mores for SECOND dessert!
The reason s’mores will be SECOND dessert is because I always make homemade ice cream on the 4th of July and that will be FIRST dessert. :-) I guarantee after fireworks the clan will be more than ready for a second dessert of s’mores. After all, are s’mores even really considered “dessert”? I think they’re more of a NECESSITY on a summer holiday than anything!
My Mom’s homemade ice cream recipe is SO TASTY, I am always getting requests for it in the summertime. But I don’t mind, because it is also SO EASY. (I’m planning on doing a blog post on Friday with the recipe and pictures…but if you are thinking you might like to make up a batch for YOUR holiday get-together…drop me an email and I’ll shoot the recipe off to you.)
You can use pretty much any fruit or berry you like in this recipe…our favorites are peach, raspberry and strawberry, in no particular order. It’s so good that it really doesn’t need any toppings, but one year I discovered the joy of adding some Hot Fudge Sauce to the strawberry ice cream! Mmm, mmm, mmm. It’s like a frozen chocolate covered strawberry you eat with a spoon! :-)
In a pinch I will purchase ready made hot fudge from the store….but if you’ve ever had HOMEMADE Hot Fudge, you know there is NO comparison! As a matter of fact, once you try this recipe…you’ll have a very hard time going back to store-bought. My apologies in advance for that!
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
Adapted from epicurious.com
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 a bag)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring the whipping cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, and half of the chocolate chips to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted. Reduce the heat and cook on a low boil for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, and the rest of the chocolate and stir until smooth.
Cool sauce to warm before serving.
The serve over any flavor ice cream of your choice! If you want to get FANCY…try adding a few “banana flowers”, some nuts, whipped cream, and of course a cherry on top!
The hot fudge sauce will keep for approximately a week in the refrigerator. Just allow it to completely cool before storing in an airtight container.
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 a bag)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Bring the whipping cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, and half of the chocolate chips to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted. Reduce the heat and cook on a low boil for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, and the rest of the chocolate and stir until smooth.
- Cool sauce to warm before serving.
- The serve over any flavor ice cream of your choice.
Be sure to check back on Friday when I will share my Mom’s homemade ice cream recipe….complete with party pictures. :-) I am SO looking forward to a nice relaxing day at home with family and friends.
What are YOUR plans for the 4th of July??