This Paris Hot Chocolate is not for the weak of heart - it is rich, thick, creamy, and sinfully chocolatey. This recipe is inspired by the famous Angelina café in Paris, which is famous for its Hot Chocolate served in a simple cup with whipped cream, and typically eaten with a fresh, flakey Croissant.
THE STORY BEHIND THIS PARIS HOT CHOCOLATE
Now - I have to be honest, I have never been a big fan of Hot Chocolate. Normally, it feels a bit too sweet and watered down to me, and I have never understood the hype. However, when I recently went to Paris, I felt like I had to give Angelina's Hot Chocolate a try. Because Parisian desserts and delicacies have seldom disappointed me, and I figured at the very least I'd enjoy the croissant.
So when the Hot Chocolate arrived, I had low expectations. But the first sip truly blew me away. This Hot Chocolate was like none I had tried before. It was rich and thick, almost like a ganache, with a deep chocolatey flavor that was hard for a chocolate lover NOT to love. I think I literally groaned after the first sip. And I knew, instantly, that I had to figure out this recipe for myself (and you guys!)
HOW TO MAKE THE PARIS HOT CHOCOLATE
Now, making this Hot Chocolate is awfully simple. All you need is milk, heavy cream, espresso powder, powdered sugar, and dark chocolate. You combine the ingredients in a nonstick saucepan, and stir over medium heat until the chocolate has fully melted.
The magic comes down to the ingredients and their quantities:
- Firstly, you need good quality dark chocolate. I know some people don't like dark chocolate, but Hot Chocolate is supposed to be.. chocolate, so there's no escaping it here. I opted for Ghirardelli's premium dark chocolate, but you can use any good quality brand like Lindt or Valrhona. Just make sure the chocolate is 60-70% cocoa, depending on your taste preferences.
- Secondly, don't skip the espresso powder. It's subtle, but it really complements the chocolate flavor and makes the whole experience that much better.
- Thirdly, let it be thick! This recipe makes for a thick, luscious Hot Chocolate, just like the one at Angelina. It's not meant to be gulped down in large quantities, it's more a dessert you sip and enjoy. So I recommend sticking to these quantities. However, if you really don't want it to be thick, the good thing is you can easily adjust the consistency by adding more milk
You can drink the hot chocolate as it, plain and yummy, or serve it with whipped cream and a croissant for the full Parisian experience!
And really, that's it!Print