Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rich Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is just divine, but I have to say I have never been a fan of the kind that comes out of a package.  For the longest time, my heart and taste buds belonged to City Bakery tucked off lower Fifth Avenue that serves the most amazing hot chocolate in the city.  It is so rich and indulgent, you practically only need one sip to get your fix.  I was trying to find a recipe that was similar and after my first gulp of this recipe, I knew I had found the one.  This recipe is like drinking liquid pudding - yes, it is amazing. I used 72% cocoa so the impact of chocolate delivery was just what I had hoped for - top with freshly made whipped cream and you might have just found yourself a bit of heaven.  Continue for recipe...



A Few Things: I used skim milk because my stomach doesn't sit well with anything heavier. I was pleasantly surprised how thick and creamy this was, thanks to the corn starch, without the addition of whole milk or heavy cream.  You can definitely use a different type of milk though if you wish.  
*All photographs by Alison
* Recipe slightly adapted from bell' alimento

23 comments:

  1. Looks so tasty Alison! Id love to try it now! Pin the photo dear, kisses! xo

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  2. yum!!! That looks so good! and rich....I love a good hot chocolate.

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  3. Cornstarch is the perfect sneaky thickener for a mix like this! I feel sick after I have a whole mug of something with a higher fat content too.

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  4. wow, looks so rich and decadent! and those mugs are too cute! x

    & Pretty Things

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  5. Sounds fabulous! I love rich, smooth hot chocolate. Have you seen the movie "Chocolate" with Johnny Depp? It reminds me of this post. :)
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  6. Definitely one to try and those cups are so cute! Funnily enough I was just reading about City Bakery and their Hot Chocolate Festival this month - I would love to be there!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. If you ask me, there's really no other way to have hot chocolate! This is how I had it when I was over in Italy, it's like drinking a whole bowl of melted chocolate–yum!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  8. Always in the mood for a hot chocolate! Straight through December, I had a little afternoon ritual that involved me and a cup of cocoa. It was always fun to add different flavors. I'll have to try the cornstarch method to thickening so I can skimp on all that whole milk.

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious!! And those tea cups are adorable!! xo, Julie
    www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

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  10. I love hot chocolate, but what I can't stop looking at are those super cute pink heart tea cups!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. Great timing on this recipe! I had a serious hot chocolate craving late last night so I went to 7-11 (only thing open at 10pm) and it was not so good. I just poured it down the sink. I think the skim milk would def help balance out the super rich chocolate taste. I will have to try this!

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash

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  12. this looks so yummi... and romantic cups - love them :D

    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/

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  13. Ok yum. Now I'm craving some! But only if it's in that adorable cup. You take the best pictures! LOVE.

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  14. YUM - I want this!!

    xo Ashley
    http://www.ashnfashn.com

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  15. i love a thick hot chocolate!

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  16. Oh my, that sounds amazing - I'm totally making this one too! I had "Parisian" hot chocolate for the first time the other day and it was amazing - two sips and I was perfectly satisfied, but then I drank the rest of it anyways, whoops!

    xx,
    Maya

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  17. I think I need this, right now! xoxo

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  18. That's the kind of hot chocolate I love!!

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  19. I am wishing I had chocolate right now, so that I could make this. Looks so yummy!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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