I used to make this every St. Nicholas day ( on an electric stove) for my kids stockings, sometimes late at night before Saint Nicholas arrived. It can be a kind of a fussy thing to make but if you get used to its trouble spots, it is fun and easy. Here is what I know about this recipe:
1. You must run a sink with cold water.Turn the faucet away from that sink when you are finished. Then lightly butter the pan or marble where you will be putting it
2. Go ahead and mix all the ingredients at once, I have never put the butter and vanilla in last, I was always afraid to, because once I let a drop of water in it as I was beating it. It wouldn't set, it turned into just chocolate syrup.
3. Bring it to a rolling boil stirring all the time so that you don't burn the chocolate (a very bad flavor.) I usually stir it with a small whisk. Keep every bit moving (like making kettle corn.) Once it is boiling, check the time. Boil for 5 minutes.
4. after 5 minutes take from the heat, begin by stirring it away from the heat for a bit then slowly lower it into the water, keep stirring, you should eventually feel it thicken a bit on the bottom of the pan, then lift it out of the water and let the temperature equalize throughout. Keep stirring, and watch the sheen on the surface, if it starts to show signs of pulling or loses it's gloss it is time to pour. If not repeat the water step. There is a tiny window where you should pour it out. Once you have done it a few times you'll know it. :-)
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I used to make this every St. Nicholas day ( on an electric stove) for my kids stockings,...