Required: Three ounces of grated chocolate. One ounce of sieved icing sugar. One tablespoonful of brandy. About three tablespoonfuls of water. Vanilla to taste. Half a pint of thick cold custard.

Put the chocolate and sugar in a saucepan, add the water, put the pan over a gentle heat, and mix them smoothly together. Let it cool, then add the brandy, custard, and vanilla. Strain the sauce, and keep it on ice or in a cold place until it is required.