February 11, 2008
Mangia tanto cioccolato! (Have lots of chocolate) said one of my best friends to me when she knew I was moving to Canada and its freezing winters. And I can't think of anything better than hot chocolate to warm up your spirit during an extremely cold winter day. I love when the hot chocolate is creamy, thick and rich. Almost as thick as chocolate fondue, like the ones you can have in Spain, or the hot chocolate I used to drink every morning during a stay in the wonderful mountains of Valle d'Aosta in Northern Italy. Finally, adding mini marshmallows to this thick hot chocolate is the perfect American twist.
Ingredients (serves 2 big cups)
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 3/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
1 tsp orange blossom water
Mix the milk, the cream and the orange blossom water. Pour this mixture in a saucepan and heat it over medium heat. When the milk is warm, pour in the cocoa powder and the chocolate chips and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Serve with a handful of mini marshmallows.