Remember that episode of The Twilight Zone called The Midnight Sun? The earth has begun to move closer and closer to the sun creating unbearable temperatures, then the protagonist wakes up to find she has been dreaming – in reality the earth has been moving further and further away from the sun causing extreme cold (and, ultimately everyone’s death)? That is what these last couple of days here in LA have been like-we even have broken a record! (The next time you see that episode, notice how the neighbor enters the scene complaining about the heat wearing pants and a sport coat)
To beat the heat I have kept myself in our office, the room in our apartment with the best air conditioner. I have had lots of time to sew – I just finished my second apron and I thought I should test it out by making some chocolate sauce for the ice cream I bought to help us cool down.
This is an Alton Brown recipe – I will give it to you here so you don’t have to go to the Food Network site which takes forever and a day to load a page. Start by bringing sugar and water to a boil, then whisk in the cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and light corn syrup.
Simmer it a couple minutes while stirring so it can thicken a little. Strain, and let cool. You can use my Hungry and Impatient Method and put some sauce you want to eat now in a small bowl, and place it over a slightly bigger bowl of ice water and it will cool down right away.
A nice little cool-down-pick-me-up for a hot afternoon (or evening, or morning…)
Alton Brown’s Cocoa Sauce:
1 1/2 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Bring sugar and water to a boil, whisk in remaining ingredients, simmer 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Strain and cool.