The Kitchy Kitchen is the brainchild of food enthusiast and self-taught chef Claire Thomas. Thomas was the host of Food for Thought With Claire Thomas on ABC and has authored The Kitchy Kitchen: New Classics for Living Deliciously. Here, Claire walks us through how to make the best cup of French hot chocolate this side of the Seine.
I stumbled across this recipe for an especially elegant-sounding hot chocolate in one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, The Gold Cookbook. I love the idea of having hot chocolate ready to go at a moment’s notice, and I discovered that this mix makes a delicious hot fudge sauce as well. In the colder months, I keep a big jar of it in my fridge when I know company is coming over because it's a zero-effort last-minute sweet. Try a spoonful in your coffee to create a mocha; it’s wonderful! The author suggests that snack accompaniments be “light and dainty, thin bread-and-butter sandwiches, unsweetened wafers, ladyfingers, and sponge drops.” Sounds like tea time! Keep reading to learn more about this elegant way to enjoy French hot chocolate.
2 1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup coffee
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (whipped)
Pinch of salt
Combine chocolate, coffee, sugar, and salt over a double boiler, and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir; then return to double boiler. Do this four times, stirring constantly. Cool completely.
Fold in whipped cream, and place in the fridge to chill.
To serve, put a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into a cup, pour in scalded milk, and stir.