Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Italian Hot Chocolate

When I was younger, and doing the backpack-around-Europe thing with a friend, we had this at a little restauraunt in the Italian alps, just over the border from Switzerland. It's somewhere between a hot chocolate mousse and a hot chocolate drink, and it is pure heaven. I am not sure where the recipe came from, it has been in my recipe file for so long, so I apologize for not having an attribution. The adults like the dark chocolate version. I made a slightly sweeter version for the kids.

Per Cup, Grownup version:

2/3 cup whole milk
1/3 teaspoon arrowroot
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, grated fine
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest

Per cup, Children's version

2/3 cup whole milk
1/3 teaspoon arrowroot
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated fine
1 ounce milk chocolate, grated fine
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest

Melt the chocolate and set aside. Combine 2 tablespoons of the milk with the arrowroot until smooth. Put remaining milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer. When it begins to bubble, add the sugar. then carefully whisk the arrowroot milk mixture into it until it thickens. Remove from heat, mix in melted chocolate, pour into cups and top with orange zest. Serve immediately.

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