Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's French Hot Chocolate



Just hearing the words "Chocolate" and "Paris" seem to instantly conjure up dreamy notions of love. So naturally a sweet chocolatey treat inspired by this most romantic of cities seemed a perfect combination for celebrating l'amour this Valentine's. 
Leave it to the french to elevate, a winter childhood favorite, to a gourmet experience. Apparently, Chocolate Chaud, or their version of hot chocolate, is not the apres-sledding powder and marshmallow mix, warming tiny mitten clad hands, but a rich, decadent and grown-up luxury to be savored.
 Although I admit to overindulging in sweets and treats during my limited travels abroad, (I'm quite sure I've eaten my weight in macarons), I've never, sadly, had the chance to sample the famous hot chocolate of Paris. 
With limited time and budget barring any overseas jaunt and a wintry wind chilling the air, I thought I'd attempt this cozy yet decadent treat here at home. After several attempts at different chocolate chaud recipes (all in the name of selfless research of course) I found this relatively simple, not overly sweet but flavorful version from 

Chocolate Chaud
   
2 cups whole milk
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons light brown sugar  
  
 Heat the milk in a medium saucepan.When milk is warm, whisk in  chocolate, stirring until melted. Cook at a low boil for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Watch carefully as mixture may boil over.  Taste, and add brown sugar.
Chocolate will thicken upon standing
*The original recipe suggests a high quality bittersweet chocolate finely chopped, but I subbed the easier and less costly chocolate chips.

Cafe Cups
Unable to find the small round bowls often used for serving warm drinks in France, I improvised with oversized white mugs and plates from the dollar store.
 I used a glass friendly paint from my craft store to add some romantic sentiments "Je t'aime" and "Toi et Moi"  (I love you, You and Me) in pink and gold tones.
Simply follow your paint manufacturer's instructions and get creative














Flavored Whipped Cream
The chocolate is delicious as is but for added panache I thought I'd add a little flavored whipped cream topping. Simply whip one cup heavy cream and add one tablespoon powdered sugar and vanilla, raspberry or almond extract, adjusting to taste.

Wishing Everyone
 a 
Sweet Valentine's Day!




9 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds delicious! Cups are very cute... can you put them in the dishwasher with the painted surface?

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    1. Hi Rian,
      Thank You! So glad you enjoyed the post. The washing depends on the paints you use - some instructions say dishwasher safe after cured for 21 days or some can be heat set in an oven but I've only hand washed mine just to be careful :)

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  2. What a treat, my sweet Christine, thank you for sharing such a delight !

    Hope your week is off to a good start,
    I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you

    XX Dany

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    1. * Christina, forgive my mistake !

      Much love to you

      X Dany

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    2. Thanks so much Daniela!
      Please don't be sorry-it's funny my aunt is named Christine and even relatives are always mixing up our names all the time so I answer to both now :)
      Hope all is well with you and yours!

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  3. Christina, The chocolate does look decadent. Love the way you enhanced the mugs. Great job. The pink roses are a great addition. Sylvia D.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Sylvia,
      it's such an easy recipe and I like any excuse to enjoy chocolate lol :)

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  4. You have a great page, Christina. I particularly love this idea. It's been beautifully done, and looks like it would be fun to do! Thanks for the recipe, and clever craft idea.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was fun and so easy to do :)

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