I remember when we were in Paris a few years back. We went to Angelina. A century old (110 years to be exact) tea salon and pâtisserie that serves the best chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). It is so thick that you can make your teaspoon stand on its own when dipped in the cup of that dark brown comforting hot chocolate.
In search of a recipe that is as close to that of Angelina’s, I don’t think i have ever found one. I think I have to nag the Mister to bring me back to Paris to have a cup of their chocolat chaud.
This season, as the days go by, it gets more chilly and cold. So I need something to warm me up coming home from work, a Sunday walk or just an afternoon on the couch watching a movie. Something that can give me warm and comfort. Like a big tight hug or being covered by a fluffy blanket and wooly socks.
But a tight warm hug cannot be compared to the comfort that a hot chocolate gives.
Let me tell you why… 1. It’s hot. 2. It’s sweet. 3. IT’S CHOCOLATE.
So I am sharing a recipe I have for a french hot chocolate. Or Le Chocolat Chaud as the french call it (I am drinking a cup right now as I am writing this). This recipe is made with milk and dark chocolate. The darker, the better. But for me, even though I can get hold of an 80%-99% dark chocolate, I prefer using only up to 70%.
Before drinking, I added a little pinch of sea salt just to add a little “body” and character to this yummy drink. And a few extra teaspoons of chocolate shavings.
Here’s the recipe.
Le Chocolat Chaud – Hot Chocolate
2 cups (half a liter) Whole (full fat) Milk
140 grams finely chopped 70% dark / bittersweet chocolate, the best quality you can get
a pinch of sea salt
- Heat the milk in a sauce pan.
- When the milk starts to simmer, whisk in the chopped chocolate until melted. Let boil for about 2-3 minutes to make the chocolate thicker. Keep an eye as it simmer whisking continuously. Do not let it boil.
- Add a pinch of sea salt (optional) and serve in small coffee cups (demitasse in french).
- Sit and Enjoy.
This hot chocolate drink is so intense in texture and chocolate flavour. It’s almost like drinking a warm melted chocolate. It’ so good and comforting. Just what you need on a cold autumn day.