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Food How To Make the Perfect Hot Cocoa, According to a Chef

22:15  12 december  2019
22:15  12 december  2019 Source:   eatthis.com

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Executive Chef Heather Terhune of Tre Rivali and The Outsider rooftop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is well acquainted with snowy days, and she has a great hot cocoa recipe to whip up on those especially cold days. Terhune got her start as a pastry chef, and during that time she learned a thing or two about making the best thick and delicious hot cocoa recipe. And for more of what to whip up that will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy, be sure to check out 118 Comfort Food Recipes That Guarantee a Delicious Meal.

What's the secret to making the best hot cocoa recipe?

Surprise: Terhune never uses cocoa powder when she's looking to make hot cocoa. Instead, she uses real, high-quality chocolate.

Terhune also doesn't add cinnamon or marshmallows to her hot chocolate, which is why the quality of chocolate is so key for this hot cocoa recipe.

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How do you make the best hot chocolate?

Chef Heather Terhune shares her easy recipe for a rich, homemade hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup whole milk, divided

1 cup heavy whipping cream

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoons cornstarch

Pinch of salt

4 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped from a bar (55 percent cocoa is Chef Terhune's preference)

How to Make It:

  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together 3/4 cup of the milk, cream, and sugar. Heat, whisking occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble around the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch until well combined. As soon as the milk mixture bubbles around the edges, add in the milk and cornstarch mixture and whisk until heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add in the chocolate and pinch of salt, whisk until completely dissolved into the milk mixture, and is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into cups. Keep in mind that it's super-rich, so use espresso cups.
  5. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and top with chocolate shavings if desired. Serve immediately, as the drink will continue to thicken as it cools.

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