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Poire Belle Helene, poached pears with chocolate sauce
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4.80 from 10 votes

Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

Bittersweet or dark chocolate sauce for ice cream
Course: Dessert
Author: Cynthia


  • 8 oz. chopped dark semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup hot water


  • Combine all the ingredients in the top of a double boiler.
  • Simmer on a medium low heat and stir until chocolate is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add:
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • Remaining chocolate sauce will keep about a week in a covered container in the fridge.
  • To serve, put a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and 1 poached pear in a dish. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.