Yesterday was the kind of day that reminds me why I live in Atlanta: 80° and sunny with blue skies studded with puffy cumulous clouds. The only thing that yesterday needed was chocolate. Yes, chocolate would make it perfect. Luckily on a book buying binge in St Louis (I have a problem. It’s okay. I can talk about it.) I purchased Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts the 1980 edition!
For all those who are not familiar, Maida Heatter is an iconic American chocolate pastry chef, and I would argue that she is the Julia Child of Chocolate. Strong words. But well deserved I assure you. In the introduction Maida says, “I come from a long line of chocolate-lovers…We understand each other, chocolate and I. My husband says that I can hear chocolate. “ It was then that I knew – Maida and I would get along just fine.
Even my craving for a chocolate confection could not induce me to take a trip to the grocery store, so I took a peek in my cupboards and saw all the makings of hot fudge! As can be seen, Maida’s recipe claims to be the “world’s best hot fudge”, and it absolutely lives up to the name. So amazing. I vow to never make another hot fudge recipe ever again. It was so easy but perfectly rich and velvety and bursting with chocolate flavor!
My Dad is going to be very jealous because the only thing he loves more than barbeque sauce is hot fudge smothered vanilla ice cream. Not on the menu? Doesn’t matter, he’ll ask anyway. Bold man! This recipe is for you, Dad!
If the simplicity cannot induce you to make this dessert your next chocolate indulgence, then the sigh-of-contentment chocolate flavor should. I am officially a card-carrying member of the Maida Haetter Fan Club. On a side note: I first learned about Maida Haetter from Mad About Maida. His blog is pretty amazing and he provides step-by-step, stupid proof instructions. Love.