It is this time of the year when hot chocolate, mulled wine and eggnog are a thing. Well, I can have a cup of hot chocolate whenever I feel like it or when I am not in the mood for coffee.
Let's kick off with a French hot chocolate. I bet you have seen TikTok videos or YouTube shorts about this specific hot chocolate. It is served with a giant blop of whipped cream.
I added some instant coffee to intensify the depth of flavors. You can omit it entirely if desired. You can also skip the sugar and use milk chocolate instead of 70% dark chocolate.
Don't just stick to recipes, remove the ingredients you dislike and replace them with the ones that you like and enjoy eating. Be bold and creative!
(Serve 1, sadly)
Hand / Stand Mixer
Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
Remove from heat and set it aside.
In a sauce pot over medium heat, add milk, 30g of cream and sugar.
Stir to combine well.
Once bubbles start to form along the edges, remove from heat and mix into the melted chocolate, 1/3 portion at a time until fully incorporated.
Add in coffee and salt.
Stir to combine well and return to the double boiler.
Cook until everything is dissolved and well combined.
Pass it thru' a sieve over a pitcher.
Add 200g of heavy whipping cream to a large bowl.
Whip until soft peaks form with a hand or stand mixer.
Add in vanilla paste and continue whipping until stiff peaks.
Pour the hot chocolate into serving cups.
Spoon as much whipped cream as desired onto the hot chocolate.
Serve with more whipped cream on the side.