I am already something of a choc-a-holic so while I am pre-disposed to like chocolate items, it takes a really special one for me to go completely weak at the knees, and this sauce really is one of the most special choc-things I've ever tasted. Made with chocolate, cream and cointreau, this simple recipe is one from heaven.
The chocolate used in this sauce is obviously of a really high quality, as it's creamy but still packed full of that decadent cacao flavour. The cream then adds a level of richness that you just don't get in alternative supermarket-bought chocolate sauces.
Just before I tried this sauce, I was a bit concerned that it would have a fake orange flavour from the Cointreau, but thankfully it doesn't. Rather you can really taste the alcohol from the Cointreau and the orange is more like an orange oil taste- it's condensed, not overtly sweet and brilliantly balanced with the chocolate.
The thick texture of the sauce means it's best served at room temperature, but a quick zap in the microwave gets it flowing nicely over whatever fruit or ice cream you love and would like to make better.
I did stop eating spoonfuls of this sauce just long enough to place some token raspberries in a bowl so that I could feel somewhat virtuous health-wise before glugging more of this Belgian Chocolate Sauce with Cointreau all over it. I did actually pour way more sauce than is in the picture below, but I thought I'd take a photo at my half-way mark so you could still actually identify the fruit in the bowl.
The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop is found in Berrima in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. It's old school with no website, no social media- just amazing chocolate sauce! If you're in town, there are a plethora of other tasty offerings in store as well including jams, chutneys, lollies and ice cream.
Website: Berrima Village