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       Title: Empress Frosting
  Categories: Ghirardelli, Cakes
       Yield: 1 servings
     1/3 c  Half & half
     1/2 c  Butter, cut up
       2 tb Sugar
   1 1/2 c  Ghirardelli Sweet Ground
       1 ts Vanilla
   DIRECTIONS: In 2 quart heavy saucepan, heat half & half with butter
   and sugar, stirring until blended. Add Ground Chocolate, mixing with
   wire whip until smooth. Heat on medium low until mixture is thick and
   shiny and runs off the spoon like syrup and the first bubble appears
   on the surface (160-F). Do not boil or overcook frosting. Cool 5
   minutes, then add vanilla. Place pan of frosting in bowl holding a
   tray of ice cubes and some water. Beat slowly with a spoon until
   frosting holds a shape. Frost cake; refrigerate if necessary to firm
   Source: Recipes from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company of San Francisco;
   recipe on box of “Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa”
   From: Sallie Austin