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Musical pairing – You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up feeling very much like I still wanted to be on vacation back in Santa Cruz; in fact, I was really wishing we had a Gayle’s Bakery so that I could peruse their gorgeous cases of pastry!  But alas, I clicked my heels three times and I was definitely still in Kansas . . . well, Indiana, but close enough.  Anyhoo . . . because I still wanted to be on vacation and was craving pastry, I decided to make doughnut holes – and not just any doughnut holes, but doughnut holes that were dipped in chocolate sauce – a fabulous Martha Stewart Chocolate Brandy Sauce!

I will confess that I took a cheat here, because I used thawed pizza dough purchased from my local grocer, to make my doughnut holes; I rolled/patted to about 1/2-inch thickness, then cut with a small biscuit cutter and shallow fried for about 2-3 minutes on each side (you have to flip them, they won’t turn themselves); once out of the pan, I dusted them with a cinnamon sugar.

And then, I dipped them into the silkiest, rich chocolate I’ve ever placed into my mouth . . . seriously . . . it’s like one of those, ‘Calgon, take me away’ moments!  Try it for 30 days and if you don’t like it, we’ll refund your money . . . oh wait, I don’t recommend eating doughnuts or doughnut holes for 30 days straight . . .

But then again, the sauce is also great on ice cream . . .

Martha Stewart Living Magazine, December 2009

3/4 C heavy cream
3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
pinch of salt
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61 percent cacao), finely chopped

Bring cream, sugar, brandy and salt to a boil in a small saucepan.  Pour over chocolate and whisk to combine.

SMITH BITES NOTE: The Brandy is optional but does add an extra flavor component that just plain works!


Oh my goodness, I love it. Who cares that you cheated on the donuts? The chocolate sauce more than makes up for it.

If I have one weakness in sweets, it’s definitely chocolate. I can just imagine the taste of the brown sugar and brandy with the chocolate in this sauce. Fantastic combination.

These really do look over the rainbow! If i thought it would work, I’d try clicking my heels three times in hopes of winding up at your house to share a few of these with you. I’m feeling all cooked out right now, but when I can face my own kitchen again, I’m definitely trying this brandy chocolate sauce!

Not one little thing Rowdy, not one little thing! ;o)

Marly ~ can’t wait to see what you do with the recipe!

Oh my word! These look too good to be true. I can’t wait to share these with my family. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Yes Lydia I will make these for you and you will love them!

At first I thought this was chicken instead of donuts! Either way it would be delicious =D Make some for me, please?

Go to the light, Brian, just go to the light . . . Thank you for your kind words!

Oh how you torture me!!! Seducing me with chocolate and brandy… I’m helpless. Another great recipe, my friend, and the pictures from The Professor are just stunning.

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