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Sunday, January 6, 2013

rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate

We've had a LOT of snow lately.  And cold, as in zero degrees, which of course made getting around a little slippery.  Ice dams, icicles, snow melting, then freezing, and then more snow.  It's a real winter this year - and once again I came in from a walk thinking of the hot chocolate I like to make on days like this.   

It's silky.  It's rich, and thick, and when you lick the last of the chocolate from the rim of your cup, the inside is glazed with it.  

I adapted this from a wonderful recipe of Sherry Yard's, but reduced the milk so that the hot chocolate was even thicker.  A demitasse is enough for me ( if I had a demitasse cup, which I don't) - I only pour a third of a cup at a time, and that's just enough.  It reheats beautifully on low heat - what a treat for breakfast this morning!

To make about 4 smallish servings:

4 oz. coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60%)
1/2 cup heavy cream

Toss the chocolate into your food processor and whiz it until the chocolate looks like little crumblike pellets.  Place the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl.

Heat the cream to boiling, pour over the chopped chocolate, and let sit 2 minutes,  then stir with a spoon until chocolate is melted.

In another pan, heat until hot:

3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream

Whisk in:
1 T. good unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Ghirardelli again)
and the bowl of melted chocolate ganache.
You can also add a tablespoon or so of Godiva Chocolate liqueur, if you want.

Serve immediately in warmed cups with a little whipped cream dusted with cinnamon - but  I love it straight, hold the cream.

Happy Winter!


Kate said...

Mmmmmmm... makes the fury of winter a welcomed friend!

katrina said...

So true, Kate! The desire to make this only comes on the really cold and snowy wintery days! Which never happened last winter....

La Table De Nana said...

Same winter here!
Would find it hard to live happily without seeing though..says she in front of a fire:-)

Just shorter would be better..and what a vengeance for only Jan!
Mmm..your recipe sounds heartwarming.

katrina said...

Nana - my teeth are still chattering from another walk - standing in front of the woodstove to try to warm up in time for Downton Abbey tonight! There's always blankets and wool socks:) Around here, January is the coldest, so after that, I'm always a lot more optimistic. (but looking at posts from Florida from a FB friend)