Makes 1 cup, enough to frost the top and sides of an 8- or 9-inch cake
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, best quality
1 cup heavy cream
Flavorings - optional: 1 T liquor (Kahula, rum, Grand Marnier)
Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a glass or stainless steel bowl.
Heat the cream, watching it carefully as it makes a colossal mess if it boils over. Oh, you can add flavorings to the cream - vanilla extract (a teaspoon), liquors (about a tablespoon), orange peel...