Sometimes I like to make a chocolate sauce that is rich tasting but does not involve melting chocolate because either I don't have the chocolate or I don't feel like chopping chocolate and would rather make something easy without foregoing taste. This recipe is easily made with pantry staples - sugar, cocoa, and evaporated milk. It is best used within the week it is made as the sugar becomes granular after a few reheats. Also, it does not harden with the cold from the ice cream like a ganache does.
This recipe is from my sister-in-law who uses it as frosting on spice cake, her kids favorite birthday dessert.
Easy Chocolate Sauce
makes 1 cup
1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons butter
1 small can (5 ounces) or 5/8 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir sugar and cocoa over low heat for 30 seconds – do not let sugar melt.
Blend in butter.
Add evaporated milk, stirring constantly.
Turn heat to medium and bring to boil stirring constantly.
Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.