Friday, November 21, 2008

Italian Hot Chocolate

When I was in Australia, in winter, we love the feel of a warm mug of hot chocolate. When I was at a particular Italian cafe in Aus, they have this thing on the menu: Italian Hot Chocolate. Being a typical foodie, I ordered that item on the menu. What came was a cup of thick syrupy dark chocolate drink. The smell of cocoa was heavenly. The texture resembled creamy mushroom soup. I took my spoon, dipped it into this thick sinful drink and took a scoop. I was hooked! Simply a chocolate lovers dream!



After that, I found the recipe and this has been a regular drink during my stay in Australia. Easy to make and simply delicious. I love to have a cup while snuggling up to watch TV on a cold winter.

Italian Hot Chocolate.

Mix in a high sauce pan -

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Add about 1/4 cup water to this mixture and mix well.

After that, put the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly.

Once this mixture comes to a boil, add 2 cups of liquid (water, brewed coffee, full cream milk or skim milk) and stir over heat until heated through and mixed. I usually add 2 cups of skim milk.

This will produce a rich chocolaty Italian Hot Chocolate.



Scoop onto your coffee cups and if you like alcohol, add a splash of Kahlua, Tia Maria or Baileys to every cup.



Remember to provide your guests with spoons! They'll be scooping that thick delicious goodness!
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