How would we get through the winter without hot chocolate? For most of us, this drink starts with a mixture of cocoa, milk, and sugar, or (to be honest) a few spoonfuls of instant hot chocolate mix. This week’s recipe, from the Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk, Maine, where they know all about winter, is just as simple as instant hot chocolate. But it earns its ” gourmet” name with a touch of richness that comes from real melted chocolate. It’s just the thing to warm you up when you come inside on a cold afternoon.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate
10 ounces of chocolate (around 75 % cocoa)
4 cups milk
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Add the milk and chocolate to a medium
size saucepan. Using a whisk, stir the chocolate until melted and milk is frothy. Bring just to a boil. Stop the heat for 5 minutes and let it boil a second time. Serve immediately with homemade marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream garnished with chocolate shavings, if desired. This makes a wonderful, rich hot chocolate. You can also prepare some and freeze it, batch by batch, so that when you are craving a decadent treat you simply defrost, reheat, and enjoy.
Hint – if you have an immersion blender you can use it for mixing – it will give a nice frothy topping to the hot chocolate.