Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Decadent Hot Chocolate

It's starting to get nasty here. Winter is really setting in. In fact, this was me on Friday after shoveling snow.

Why yes, yes that is snow that actually managed to stick in my hair about a half inch thick from just the time I was out there shoveling. Winter, you are so not my friend. I felt literally like that snowman who comes inside and slowly melts into a child as he eats or drinks something warm. (I forget what the ad is for, sad, no?)

Fortunately, I had prepared ahead. I knew I was going to be cold. And tired. And quite possibly crabby. I know myself well, and I know my normal hot chocolate just wasn't going to cut it. I went all out with my favorite kind of hot chocolate that I only make on special occasions. It's that good.

Decadent Hot Chocolate

4 1/2 ounces dark chocolate
2 T butter
1/4 c heavy whipping cream
1 t coffee extract (or actual espresso)

In a double boiler or very heavy saucepan, add the butter, cream and chopped chocolate. (Double boiler = metal bowl that fits firmly into a pan that has a couple inches of water where the water doesn't touch the bowl, ta da!) You don't want this to burn!

Stir it together as it melts until it become an even mixture. You don't want to get it too hot, so just heat it until it is mostly melted, then stir until the residual heat melts it. If you're using a double boiler, have a towel handy to dry off the bottom of the pan as you lift it once this portion has melted.

I have found that rather than putting vanilla into my chocolate baked goods, coffee flavoring is much more powerful. It adds a great depth and dimension, so I use it in place of vanilla in most chocolate items - especially brownies and cakes. After you have the chocolate melted and it's off the heat, add the coffee flavoring and stir until that is combined.

At that point, the chocolate mixture is ready for use. Place it in a separate container. You can use the same double boiler or heavy saucepan to now scald your milk. You do know that hot chocolate should only be made with milk, right? Place as much milk as you want into the pan and heat it on medium until it's just starting to steam. Quickly pour it into your mug, and add about 1 T of the chocolate mixture per 12 ounces of milk. Or as much chocolate as you'd like. The scalded milk will remelt the chocolate as needed. I have a nice little Aerolatte that my aunt gave me one year that whips it up nicely, but that isn't necessary.

Place the leftover chocolate into a sealed container and store it in your fridge for up to two weeks. If it lasts that long. And yes, you may have noticed that this is very similar to a truffle recipe base... in fact, it's a half recipe for ganache. You people are smart!

Enjoy this and more with Blessed With Grace and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Also posting now with A Southern Fairytale and her Mouthwatering Monday.


Tami @ Not Just a HOCKEY MOM January 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM  

Although this sound decadent, three people in my home are lactose intolerant. I don't think I could make anything with that amount of heavy whipping cream without them taking a few trips to the potty! :)

Pat January 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

This made my mouth water, but since I have cut out butter, cream, cheese, etc., I probably won't be making it. But I am still a chocoholic.

Tara R. January 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM  

That's not decadent, that's downright evil... and I want some.

Nichole January 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM  

That sounds amazing. I want a cup!

Unknown Mami January 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM  

The hot chocolate looks so much better than the snow on the head.

Michelle January 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM  

Tami - This is definitely not a recipe for those with lactose issues! My daughter has a dairy allergy, so she can't have it either.

Pat - Ummmm yeah. With everything you've cut out, this won't work for you. It is *definitely* a "once in awhile" kind of treat.

Tara - Sorry :) But hey, you're free to make some yourself.

Nichole - It is incredible and oh so yummy.

Unknown Mami - The list of things that looks better than snow on my head is almost endless ;) That said, the hot chocolate is pretty good.

Heather E January 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM  

Oh GOD, I want this. I WANT THIS SO BAD but I cannot have it. *pouts*

Sandra January 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM  

That's a dessert in and of itself! It looks SOOO good. I, too, have to ingest lactase for this. And the bit about the coffee? Genius. Oh, and thanks for the tip about substituting for the peanut butter in your chicken recipe. Must try that recipe now.

Mrs4444 January 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM  

Michelle, that first photo is priceless. :) Love it.

Michelle January 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM  

Heather - Oops, sorry. You won't like what I have planned for next week either. I apologize in advance.

Sandra - It absolutely is. It's so rich but oh so yummy - and I need it after 2+ hours of shoveling snow!

Barb - Yeah. It is, isn't it. The humiliation I go through for you people - but you know what it's like shoveling in the snow, too.

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