rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate

rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eao4GuOojGs/UOnxbBNxNdI/AAAAAAAADys/AxGmeu295G8/s1600/IMG1615.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eao4GuOojGs/UOnxbBNxNdI/AAAAAAAADys/AxGmeu295G8/s400/IMG1615.JPG" width="400" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //diva href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CEeb5ox9QtU/UOny8fEDrI/AAAAAAAADzM/iUbtV3evd8A/s1600/IMG1603.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CEeb5ox9QtU/UOny8fEDrI/AAAAAAAADzM/iUbtV3evd8A/s400/IMG1603.JPG" width="400" //abr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"We've had a LOT of snow lately.  And cold, as in zero degrees, which of course made getting around a little slippery.  Ice dams, icicles, snow melting, then freezing, and then more snow.  It's a real winter this year - and once again I came in from a walk thinking of the hot chocolate I like to make on days like this.   /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"It's silky.  It's rich, and thick, and when you lick the last of the chocolate from the rim of your cup, the inside is glazed with it.  /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"I adapted this from a wonderful recipe of Sherry Yard's, but reduced the milk so that the hot chocolate was even thicker.  A demitasse is enough for me ( if I had a demitasse cup, which I don't) - I only pour a third of a cup at a time, and that's just enough.  It reheats beautifully on low heat - what a treat for breakfast this morning!/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"To make about 4 smallish servings:/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"4 oz. coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60%)/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 cup heavy cream/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Toss the chocolate into your food processor and whiz it until the chocolate looks like little crumblike pellets.  Place the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Heat the cream to boiling, pour over the chopped chocolate, and let sit 2 minutes,  then stir with a spoon until chocolate is melted./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"In another pan, heat until hot:/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"3/4 cup milk/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1/2 cup heavy cream/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Whisk in:/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1 T. good unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Ghirardelli again)/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"and the bowl of melted chocolate ganache./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"You can also add a tablespoon or so of Godiva Chocolate liqueur, if you want./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Serve immediately in warmed cups with a little whipped cream dusted with cinnamon - but  I love it straight, hold the cream./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Happy Winter!/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"/span/spanbr /divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/divdivdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8XymIfGQiJ8/UOnxr9mSXEI/AAAAAAAADy0/GL2CpwjYoNA/s1600/IMG1625.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8XymIfGQiJ8/UOnxr9mSXEI/AAAAAAAADy0/GL2CpwjYoNA/s320/IMG1625.jpg" width="320" //a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //span/div

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