When it comes to ice cream, we know we've got you covered. But how about other summer-friendly desserts? Enter the wonderful world of no-bake desserts, where you can have an elegant, indulgent treat after just minutes by the stovetop -- or, with some recipes, none at all.
3/4 cup (6 ounces) water
8 ounces chocolate (we used 70% bittersweet - choose a high quality chocolate you love)
whipped cream for topping (optional)
1. Simply pour water into a saucepan (which will be improved from the gastronomic point of view if it is flavored with orange juice, for example, or cassis puree). Then, over medium-low heat, whisk in the chocolate. The result is a homogenous sauce.
2. Put the saucepan in a bowl partly filled with ice cubes (or pour into another bowl over the ice -- it will chill faster), then whisk the chocolate sauce, either manually with a whisk or with an electric mixer (if using an electric mixer, watch closely -- it will thicken faster). Whisking creates large air bubbles in the sauce, which steadily thickens. After a while strands of chocolate form inside less