Chocolate glaze

  (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

  Chocolate glaze

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 cups glaze, enough to frost a batch of doughnuts

1 pound bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate (chips or finely diced)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup water

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons corn syrup

Pinch salt

1. Place the chocolate in a large bowl.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cream, water, vanilla, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a good simmer over high heat. Remove from heat.

3. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and gently stir to combine, melting the chocolate and forming a glaze.

4. The glaze will thicken as it cools. This makes 2 1/2 cups glaze, which will keep for up to 1 week, covered and refrigerated. Rewarm slightly to thin.

Each tablespoon: 81 calories; 1 gram protein; 7 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 7 mg. cholesterol; 4 grams sugar; 5 mg. sodium.