It all started when we had to stop at Bi-Lo for mozzarella cheese. Kind of hard to make pizza without it, and if you recall, we ate LOTS of it on top of our soup last night. So ...
In Bi-Lo, just before the check-out, we passed some Pet ice cream on sale. Mmmm. The transcendental concept of a banana split leapt into my brain.
"We'll need bananas," Adam noted. We bought 4 bananas, situated conveniently nearby. How do these grocers know?
But when we got home, and I had started the pizza dough, I realized the horrible truth: my family had eaten ALL of our fakey, store-bought chocolate sauce!!
What to do?
Why, make my mother's delicious home-made chocolate sauce, of course :) Honestly, I'm GLAD they ate all that other junk!! If you've never made your own chocolate sauce, please begin now.
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
The whole recipe cooks in a single sauce pan, and it will keep in the frig indefinitely. You know, that means forever, or until you can tell it's starting to grow.
Combine the cocoa and sugar in the sauce pan and mix to get rid of big lumps. Pour in the milk and syrup and blend. Cook over MEDIUM heat, stirring with a whisk gently until it is boiling.
Boiling does not mean just a little glub-glub. It should keep boiling even when you stir it, and should begin to look foamy. And it will smell so good that you'll thank your stars that it's HOT b/c that's the only thing keeping you from pouring it in your mouth.
Keep it boiling, and stirring, on this heat for 1 minute. Remove. Put the butter in; it will melt quickly, and then stir in the vanilla.
Put it in a sealed container, in the frig, until you need it, in, uh, about 2 minutes. BTW, that's just an old mason jar with a used lid. You don't need to "seal" it. Any jar will do.
I'll try to remember to post a picture of the banana split later, but knowing me, it will be gone and I'll be licking the bowl, before I remember to take a shot!
Julia liked her own licking.
And Adam is in the kitchen now making some home-made butterscotch. He is literally scotching butter, isn't that fun?