Profiteroles with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
This elegant dessert is easy to assemble in stages. Bake the small puffs in advance, then fill them with ice cream at the last minute. Or fill them, arrange them in a single layer on a serving plate, slip the plate into a zippered plastic bag or wrap with plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve, thaw briefly if frozen and top with the warm chocolate sauce.
For the chocolate sauce:
To make the chocolate sauce, in the top pan of a double boiler, combine the chocolate and corn syrup. Set the pan over but not touching barely simmering water in the bottom pan and heat, stirring often, until the chocolate melts. Add the half-and-half, butter and vanilla and stir until blended.
To assemble, slit the puff-shaped choux horizontally almost through and fill each with a small scoop of ice cream. Arrange 4 filled puffs on each dessert plate or bowl. Spoon the warm chocolate sauce over the puffs. Serve immediately.