In October 2022, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alice Medrich and several other experts about differences between Dutch process and natural cocoa powder. As I created my recipe list for this year's chocolate blog, I also found her Rich Hot Chocolate Recipe on The Chocolate Professor site.
Above: I chopped bittersweet chocolate chips in my food processor.
This quick, simple, and simply delicious recipe was the perfect antidote to a gray and chilly Sunday afternoon in October. I served myself a large, 1 1/2 cup serving of hot chocolate, but this rich and creamy concoction could easily provide three very satisfying, one cup portions.
2-cup measuring cup with spout
1 large spoon
1 large whisk
Food processor or large knife to chop the chocolate
V.O.E.: I found a ladle extremely helpful when transferring completed hot chocolate to a glass.
V.O.E.: Although I enjoyed my hot chocolate in a glass to facilitate taking photos, I would otherwise serve it in a ceramic mug to better contain the heat from this liquid treat.
Above: After adding the initial boiling water
Below: After adding remaining boiling water + milk & combining slightly with a spoon
Alice recommends several possible flavor add-ins and encourages readers to experiment. I do love a touch of chile powder in hot chocolate, but unfortunately learned I am out at the moment. But I did add a generous teaspoon of cinnamon to my hot chocolate while in the pan.
A little canned whipped cream (No, it's nowhere near as good as homemade whipped cream but with only two of us at home I typically don't make this topping unless we're having company to help us make a good dent in it) and another 'shake' of cinnamon, made a perfect combo for my tastebuds.
Enjoy and experiment!
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