One of our most exquisite holiday treats is Le Chocolat Chaud (or French hot chocolate). It is a sinfully rich, thick and creamy sipping chocolate — and if you're a chocolate lover it doesn't get much better. Serve in demitasse cups and finish with whipped cream and chocolate curls for the most luxurious afternoon tea.
1 cup rich, whole milk
1/3 heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
5 ounces BEST quality semisweet chocolate, chopped*
Whipped cream, unsweetened
Combine the milk, cream and sugar together in saucepan and heat until just boiling. Whisk in the chocolate continue whisking until chocolate has completely melted. Do not allow mixture to boil. Serve warm in small demitasse cups. Garnish with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream and a dusting of chocolate curls.
*Use the most expensive, premium chocolate you can buy — we generally use Callebaut (53%) or Valrhona Manjari (64%).
Photo credit (many thanks!) to Claudio Schwarz