Saturday, February 11, 2012

Heavenly white hot chocolate...Italian style

Considering I'm living in the south of France, the weather has not been at all Mediterranean recently. We had another flurry of snow yesterday and I can't wait for the temperatures to start rising again. Provence is just not geared up for such cold conditions! But after spending a chilly winter's day outside what better way to warm you up than a hot chocolate? And not just any old hot chocolate either. No, this was a very special Italian style white hot chocolate. The last time Abbey was here there was an International Market on in Aix and they sold THE most delicious white hot chocolate I've ever tasted. It basically tasted just like pure white melted chocolate. Well, we wanted to recreate this rather indulgent drink and treat ourselves to a heavenly, chocolately concoction. The end result was INCREDIBLE. If you're a white chocolate lover, you must try these. And you will want to drink it for the rest of your life.
This picture does not do it justice but, believe me, I have run out of words to describe how scrumpcious this drink is. I also realise that it looks like there's hardly any hot chocolate in here - there isn't but you will not be able to eat any more than this, it is so deliciously rich!

Heavenly White Hot Chocolate serves 2

1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Cream
3/4 tsp Cornflour
2 tbsp Sugar
100g White Chocolate

  1. Combine 3 tbsp of the milk with the cornflour and whisk together until it is smooth.
  2. Combine the rest of the milk, the cream and sugar in a saucepan and heat.
  3. When it starts to bubble round the edges add the milk and cornflour mixture and whisk until it's heated through. 
  4. Add the chocolate and whisk again until smooth, hot and thick enough to coat a spoon. 
  5. Pour into desired mug/glass and enjoy!
WARNING!! Do not think about the number of calories each hot chocolate contains before drinking. It will ruin every mouthful. 

I also think these would make the perfect dessert. Served in a shot glass, topped with a raspberry, it would finish a meal off nicely. I just might not be satisfied with the one though!

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