Yes, South Dakota is the real name of this amazing simple yet unforgettable dessert. The only reason I can think of for this ridiculous name is that it reminded someone of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Now I've got that song stuck in my head from Doris Day's movie Calamity Jane. I am a big fan of classic movies and musicals and this is one of my favorites. Enjoy this little tribute:
Funny name aside, this is an all time favorite dessert of my growing up years and now. I remember helping my mom in the kitchen, breaking up the angel food cake and sneaking a few morsels here and there. Ahhhh, memories.....
I better stop now before I post a video from "Cats!" Enjoy!
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T. water
1 c. heavy cream
1 large angel food cake
Melt chocolate chips, sugar and water on low heat and let cool. Add four egg yolks, one at a time and beat well after each addition. If you are afraid of using raw egg yolks, this step can be omitted. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into chocolate mixture. Whip cream and also fold into chocolate mixture.
Break angel food cake into medium sized peices and spread 1/2 in 9 x 13 dish.
Spoon 1/2 of the chocolate mixture over 1st layer.
Top with remaining angel food cake peices and pour remaining chocolate over top.
Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Can be cut into squares or made individually in parfait glasses.