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Chocolate Caliente

I have no idea where did I get this recipe from. It is probably from a co-worker while I was working at a pizzeria. Or maybe not. Anyway, as much as I can remember, I kinda do this differently. For example, I find that adding milk to already melted chocolate creates better emulsification.

I also cooked the hot chocolate a while longer to have a much thicker consistency. You don't have to. And in case you are wondering, "caliente" is Spanish for warm or hot. So, this is like a Spanish hot chocolate. Cheers!



(Serve 2)

  • Oat Milk Homemade / Milk, 500g

  • Cinnamon Sticks, 2 + More

  • Star Anise, 1

  • Cloves, 3

  • Pure Vanilla Paste, 1 TSP

  • Fresh Lemon Peels, 1 Lemon

  • Fresh Orange Peels, 1 Orange

  • High Quality Dark Chocolate 70% Preferably Valrhona or Callebaut, 100g

  • High Quality Milk Chocolate Preferably Valrhona or Callebaut, 75g

  • Cornmeal, 1 TSP

  • Heavy Whipping Cream, 100g

  • High Quality Cocoa Powder Preferably Valrhona or Callebaut, For Dusting

  • Ground Cinnamon, For Dusting





  1. Add milk, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, vanilla, lemon and orange peels to a sauce pot over medium heat.

  2. Stir to combine well.

  3. Bring it up to a simmer.

  4. Remove from heat, cover and set aside to infuse.

  5. Melt chocolate in a double boiler.

  6. Drain the infused milk and discard all the residue.

  7. Stir the milk into the melted chocolate, 1/3 portion at a time, until everything is fully incorporated.

  8. Transfer the chocolate mixture back to the sauce pot over medium heat.

  9. Stir in the cornmeal until well combined.

  10. Bring it up to a simmer and continue cooking until it has thickened.

  11. Remove from heat and set aside.

  12. *This is totally optional: I burned a cinnamon stick with a blowtorch and smoked a serving cup.*

  13. Add heavy whipping cream to a large bowl.

  14. Whip until stiff peaks form with a hand or stand mixer.

  15. When about to serve, remove the smoked cup.

  16. Pour the hot chocolate into the cup.

  17. Top with as much whipped cream as desired.

  18. Dust some cocoa powder and ground cinnamon over the top.

  19. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

  20. Cheers!

Super chocolatelicious...


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