Parisian Hot Chocolate Recipe:
A perfect cup of Parisian style Hot Chocolate to warm up the senses during this winters.
A heart warming cuppa hot chocolate is a well deserved plunge we need this December. The awesome Delhi winters, foggy, no sun for straight four days, Christmas preparations, and an indulgent cup (or mug) of a hot chocolate, can it get better than that. It simply revives and makes you alive with its intense warming chocolaty flavour that’s derived from good quality chocolate and cocoa.
Well my love affair with hot chocolate began on an overcast afternoon on the streets of Paris this September (read about it here). The lingering taste of the smooth mellow Parisian hot chocolate is still fresh in my mind and as soon as I craved for hot cuppa chocolate I googled “Parisian hot Chocolate” and the first recipe to pop up was by one of my favourite food writer David Lebovitz whose ‘The Sweet Life in Paris’ is a must read. I couldn’t have asked for anything but his simple 3 ingredients recipe but since I had just a 50% dark chocolate (Bournville) I reduced chocolate a little and substituted it with good quality Cocoa that I had in stock, and to finish off I topped all cups except one (I am watching weight, remember. Ah with hot chocolate indeed, LOL) with some whipped cream and chopped walnuts. And the end product was an inviting cup of warmth that transported me back to the Paris street in my first sip.
Ingredients (Serves 4 ):
- 2 cups of Milk (500 ml)
- 10 gms of Dark Chocolate (I used 50% dark, Bournville)
- 1 heaped tbsp Good Quality Cocoa (I used Hershey’s)
- Brown sugar to taste (I did not need any)
For the topping:
- Warm up the milk in a saucepan and keep it on simmer. Add the roughly chopped chocolate and keep stirring with a balloon whisk until the chocolate melts.
- Add the Cocoa powder and continue to stirring for 3-4 minutes on low flame while keeping an eye on the milk so that it doesn’t spill over.
- Add sugar to taste and remove for heat. Pour in the serving mugs. Top up with whipped cream and chopped walnuts and serve immediately.
Dos and Don’ts:
- Make sure to adjust sugar to taste.
- Stir some coffee liqueur (like kahlua ) if you like just before removing from heat.