We’ve been dealing with a bout of sickness in our house this week. First it hit the baby, and then me, hard. My husband got some of it too, but I always seem to get the worst of it and this head cold was no exception. I had to put pretty much everything on hold this week, which isn’t easy with a 7 month-old, and with Christmas just a few weeks away.
I love Christmastime and all the fun and giving that goes with it. This year however, I’ve decided to keep my holiday to-do list short (thankfully, for this sick momma). Only a few parties, gift exchanges with family instead of gifts for everyone, and no pressure to buy gifts for people just because. I’m aiming for as little stress as possible.
When I do need a little gift for someone, one of my favorite things to do is give them something edible that I’ve made. It’s usually something small and simple, but special since I’ve taken the time to make it myself.
I think that a fudge sauce, packaged in a jar with a little festive string, is a perfect (and easy!) gift for just about anybody. I wanted to do something more than just regular chocolate fudge sauce, and peppermint seems to be so overdone this time of year, and so that’s how this hazelnut variation was born. I took a traditional fudge topping recipe, and simply added a step to steep some toasted hazelnuts in the cream. That turned out to not have enough flavor for me, so I decided to leave the hazelnuts in the sauce.
The result is a rich and chunky chocolate hazelnut fudge sauce, excellent for serving hot over vanilla ice cream. My husband and I have been enjoying little sundaes after dinner while we watch TV, and I’m afraid I don’t have any fudge sauce left to give away. Oh well, I’ll just have to make another batch.