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Homemade Chocolat Chaud

Last night I tried a new recipe that I found on Pinterest for hot drinking chocolate. Let’s talk about rich and indulgent! It turned out so well and I even added a dollop freshly hand-whipped cream to top it off! Here is the recipe:

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli)

1/4 cup hot water

2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder (Hershey’s is what I used)

1 and 2/3 cup whole milk

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

Directions: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium to low heat. I thought we had a little stainless steel bowl to put over the pan but my sweet husband (ahem) decided to give it to the dogs a little while ago so I ended up just using a microwave-safe cereal bowl over the saucepan and it worked! Remove the bowl from the pan and stir the melted chocolate until smooth. Whisk in the hot water to blend. In another bowl, stir the cocoa powder to break up any lumps, then mix in a few tablespoons of the milk to make a smooth paste. Add the rest of the liquids and the salt, mix thoroughly. Next, whisk the milk and cocoa mixture into the melted chocolate and pour back into your saucepan (pour out the excess water first though!). Stir on low until heated through. I hand-whisked some of the leftover heavy cream and placed a generous dollop on top of each serving.

This is such a rich, indulgent late night comfort – Chris and I loved it. If I was going to make this again I would definitely half the recipe for just two people. It was so rich that this could easily have served 4. Maybe one to make when we have guests as an easy dessert?

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