'Tis the season, and on a blustery night could you imagine anything more delicious?
Though I can't take credit for the recipe itself, I am big supporter of anything created by Ina Garten. It's often referred to as "Worth the Effort" Hot Chocolate as it is a little involved.
But guess what friends? If you have some smaller sous chefs, I know they'll love helping out as well as savoring the end result.
It's thicker than what you might be used to, and it's certainly not diet friendly, but it will add pep to your step.
And did I mention you get to actually chop the chocolate?
Seriously. You've never had more fun in the kitchen until you chop chocolate. The scent of freshly cut choclate will do something to your brain molecules.
Suddenly you become very popular with everyone!
When all is said and done, and your ingredients have melted together and are poured into your cup, it will also warm you from the inside out.
Enjoy this tempting treat!
Rich Hot Chocolate (from the Barefoot Contessa)
-2 1/2 cups whole milk
-2 cups half-and-half (or 2 extra cups of milk if you want a less thick drink)
-4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
-4 ounces milk chocolate (or white chocolate), chopped
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Heat milk and half and half in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point.
Remove the pan from the heat and add both types of chocolate.
When they are melted, add the sugar, vanilla extract and whisk vigorously. When you're done, it should look like this.
Reheat gently and serve immediately.
Can you say delicious?
I don't make this as often as I'd like(these hips would tell another tale if that weren't true!), but it's worth the little bit of effort. My family enjoys this special treat and as the days and nights grow progressively colder, why not whip up a nice pot for your family? Be sure to add a dollop of homemade whipped cream for extra indulgence or a stick of peppermint if you want to spice it up!
Nothing ends a cold Winter day quite as well as a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
I hope y'all enjoy this decadent treat as much as we have.