For the love of all things Chocolate. One truth I can say about being a pastry chef is that chocolate is a very serious matter. There are two months alone in top pastry schools dedicated to the study of chocolate. I really don’t think any culture is more passionate about chocolate then the French. You will find the typical french woman savoring her piece in solitude so she can enjoy the pleasures without disturbance. I have started a ritual to emulate the french woman. Every night I savor a piece of rich dark chocolate or purchase a single chocolate truffle from my local chocolate store. I usually pair this with mint tea or sometimes a glass of Bordeaux. Now I am not talking about junky chocolate like twix or snickers bars. I mean the good quality dark chocolate – best 70% cocoa or more. One of my small pleasures I afford myself to unwind at the end of the day. You are going to love my recipe for Hot Chocolate below.
10 Chocolates to Love
~The movie “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp
~La Maison de Chocolate (Shop in Paris)
~Pain au Chocolat any morning with your coffee
~The company Valrhona (enough said)
~My rich Peanut Butter Chocolate Vegan Cookies (future post)
~Hot Chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris
~Ghirardelli 86% dark chocolate squares
~The book “Chocolate Epiphany” by Francois Payard
~Baguette et Chocolate Bakery in Austin, Texas
~The recipe for Hot Chocolate in this post
Rich and Decadent Hot Chocolate
1 cup milk (whole)
1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch course salt
2 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped.
In a medium sauce pan, warm the milk, chopped chocolate, salt, sugar & vanilla extract. Heat until it begins to boil. Whisk in cocoa powder, lower heat and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes. (The longer it cooks the thicker it gets)
Decadence~ 1 serving with a dollop of sweetened whip cream
Lighten Up~ 2 servings with reduced fat milk and leave out the chopped chocolate just use the cocoa powder.