L.J.’s Honey Hot Fudge Sauce

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about my mother, L.J.

“L.J”. is short for Lois Jean. I didn’t know what her real name was until I entered grade school.

I adored her.  She was blonde, beautiful, smart, funny, irreverent, and a fantastic cook.

I grew up in Louisville, where cooking is an art form. My mother was legendary. Our friends and relatives still rave about her dinner parties and holiday buffets.

I’ve posted many of her recipes, the most popular ones on my blog. I’ll be posting her Easter Menu in a day or so.

But her Hot Fudge Sauce… She used to tell me it didn’t have any calories. I desperately wanted to believe her. It is so darn good!

I think of her every day and wish she were still around to help me tend my bees, garden and cook.

She lives on through her recipes though. Especially the one for Hot Fudge Sauce.  🙂

Honey Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

1 12 ounce bag of  semisweet chocolate chips . (L.J. used Nestle’s but I like Ghirardelli.)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup honey

Directions

Place the cream into a microwave glass bowl.  Add the chips and microwave for 2 minutes. (L.J. used a double boiler. Feel free to use one too!)

Remove from microwave and stir.

Add honey and stir.

Refrigerate until cold or reheat for hot fudge sauce.

Serve over ice cream.  Whipped cream may be added, but is superfluous. 🙂

Cranberry Week – Honey Cranberry Fudge Pie

Did you know that cranberries have anti-adhesion properties that reduce the number of oral bacteria that cause cavities and dental plaque?  They also help reverse periodontal (gum) disease.

Crust

1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter

Filling

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate (also good with white chocolate!!)
2/3 cup (5 3/8 ounces) heavy cream
3/4 cup diced walnuts or pecans

Topping*

1 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup dried cranberries
12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries, a generous 3 cups
*You’ll need about 15 ounces (a scant 1 1/2 cups) topping for the pie. Enjoy the remainder on its own.

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2) To make the crust: Process the crackers, sugar, and melted butter in a food processor until crumbly and well combined.

3) Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ pie pan.

4) Bake the crust for about 7 to 8 minutes, until it’s set, but not brown. Remove from the oven and cool.

5) To make the filling: Put the chips (or chopped chocolate) and cream in a microwave-safe container, and heat for about 90 seconds.

6) Remove from the microwave, and stir until the mixture becomes smooth and dark brown; you’re simply making a basic ganache.

7) Spoon the hot ganache into the cooled crust, and sprinkle the nuts on top.

8) Refrigerate the pie for at least 1 hour, probably 2, until the ganache has firmed up.

9) While the pie is chilling, make the topping. Bring the honey, salt, and cranberry juice to a boil.

10) Stir in the dried cranberries, and simmer for about 5 minutes.

11) Add the fresh or frozen cranberries, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until some of the berries have burst.

12) Remove the cranberries from the heat, spoon into a bowl, and chill.

13) To finish assembling the pie: Spoon 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce atop the fudge/nut filling. Chill until ready to serve.

Yield: 9″ pie, 8 to 10 rich servings.

Honey Red(s) Velvet Fudge

Our beloved Cincinnati Reds are in the Playoffs!  Let’s hope they win tonight. We can celebrate with this fudge.  🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Red Gel Food Coloring

Directions

  • Using a 5×9 pan (typically same size as banana bread pan, if you want thinner pieces, use 8×8)

  • Line pan with wax parchment paper or wax paper. Make sure you have some extra on all four sides.

  • Combine sugar, honey, cocoa, buttermilk, sweet condensed milk, and food coloring in a non stick pan.  Stir to combine.

  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, but do not scrape down the sides. (to avoid getting crystallized sugar in fudge)

  • Using a well calibrated thermometer, make sure the fudge gets up to 238 degrees.

  • Reduce heat and allow fudge to simmer.

  • DO NOT STIR.

  • Allow fudge to cool to 110 degrees and add butter and vanilla.

  • Beat by hand or use electric mixer until fudge loses its sheen.

  • Place in prepared pan and allow to cool, usually 1-2 hours.

Honey Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

2 Cups Sugar
4 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Evaporated Milk undiluted
1/4 Cup Honey or sugar
2 Tablespoons Butter (softened)
1/4 Cup Walnut chopped (optional)
Directions:

1. Combine the sugar, chocolate, salt, and evaporated milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the honey and continue to cook to soft-ball stage (240-F degrees on your candy thermometer).

4. Remove the fudge mixture from the heat and add the butter, stirring to blend.

5. Let the Honey Fudge stand until lukewarm. Then beat until creamy again with an electric mixer.

6. Pour the mixture into a lightly buttered pan.

7. Sprinkle the walnuts on top and let cool completely.

8. Slice to serve, and keep tightly wrapped in wax paper to maintain moisture.