Bittersweet Hot Chocolate
There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s hot chocolate. This isn’t just hot cocoa, which most versions are- and don’t get me wrong, cocoa powder, especially a dark rich one, like Valrhona, makes an excellent cup, but adding some actual chocolate, and the best bittersweet bar you can find, adds a depth and richness that other kind of cocoa can only dream about. Drop in half a vanilla bean (expensive, but worth it!) and cinnamon stick to the brew and you have something that is positively indulgent.
- Servings: Serves 4
- In a small saucepan, bring milk to almost simmering. Turn off heat. Add vanilla seeds and pod, and cinnamon stick. Cover and let steep 10 minutes.
- Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat. While whisking, gradually add boiling water to make a smooth paste. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted.
- Remove vanilla pod and cinnamon sticks from milk and discard. Whisk milk into cocoa mixture. Continue heating and whisking until hot and frothy. Serve with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream, if desired.