Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seduce someone drinking chocolate

You never know when you might need to seduce some so it is good to have a few tricks up your sleeve, non? I think drinking chocolate is the best way, personally. This super-simple recipe yields a cup of chocolat chaud that is flavorful and rich - really, a liquid version of your favorite bar (whatever you choose to chop!)

Seduce Someone Drinking Chocolate

Supplies needed: your favorite dark chocolate bar, milk (preferably whole), 1/2 and 1/2, measuring cup, saucepan, mixing pitcher, whisk

Method: Finely and evenly chop the chocolate bar using kitchen knife. 1/4 c. of chopped chocolate is enough for a rich demitasse. Chop more if you want a bigger (or double) serving. Put the chocolate in a heat-proof mixing bowl or pitcher (I like using my Pyrex) and set aside.

Measure milk & cream (just a splash for good measure) and put in the saucepan. The general rule: Use twice the amount of milk as chocolate (for my demitasse, I used 1/2 c.). The 2:1 liquid/chocolate ratio will ensure that the drinking chocolate is rich and thick but not pudding-like. If you prefer a milkier drink, use more milk here. Want to make ganache? Reverse the ratio.

Bring the milk/cream just to a boil on the stovetop. Remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let the mixture rest for a few seconds then gently begin to whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the drink is frothy. Serve hot or warm - the drink will thicken the longer you let it stand.


Hosanna said...

Oh wow - going to have to try this!

No Carnations said...

You have certainly seduced me! LOVE this post.

Elizabeth McTear said...

ooh! Delicious! I'll be making this for my honey come Valentine's Day!

Wild Tea Party said...

Wicked, wicked woman! I had almost just convinced myself that I didn't need my morning chocolate hit. Never mind, Mars Bar here I come.

Will be trying this once the weather cools down again :)

Margot Miller said...

I'd know that slightly cocoa bloomed bar of Los Ancones anywhere. ;) Glad to see it got put to delicious use!

Emily said...

Ooh, that looks so good!

steph.kelley said...

Two hot-chocolate points come to mind. One, my dad once decided that he was going to make a hot cocoa that finally had enough chocolate. I believe that he used whipping cream and dark bar chocolate. I remember being out in the garage when he approached me with a teeny cup, balanced oh-so-carefully and transported all the way from the kitchen, proffering it to me with the half-smile, "I think I finally got it." Oh my lord was it good. Like restaurant mashed potatoes, which are orgasmic mainly because the butter to potato ratio is usually 1 or more. Two (okay sorry to be long-winded) when my orthodontic assistant and I were chatting (okay I know) she mentioned a killer, if less chocolatey, cocoa: heat milk, stir in some number of 3 Musketeer bars, drink. Sounds like the perfect apr├Ęs-ski drink. LOVE YOU DUFF!!! xoxo

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