Hot fudge sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Serve this sensuous sauce on ice cream to make hot fudge sundaes for adults. It also adds elegance to cake, poached pears, or crepes.

The sauce will keep for up to 1 week in a covered container in the refrigerator. It thickens as it chills; before serving, reheat to its creamy consistency in a double boiler or in the microwave.

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
½ cup heavy cream or half-and-half
2 tablespoons flavored liqueur, such as almond-flavored (Amaretto) or hazelnut-flavored (Frangelico)

Combine the chocolate, cream, and liqueur in the top pan of a double boiler. Stir over simmering water as the chocolate melts, about 5 minutes, until the sauce is smooth.