Italian Hot Chocolate
Posted on November 11, 2020
Recipe borrowed from Emma's Goodies and modified.
Amazing italian hot chocolate! Thick, rich, creamy and hot for the dark and cold afternoons of the winter! What else is cosier than a tasteful hot chocolate, that you can actually eat with a spoon? Maybe this italian hot chocolate and you sitting on the sofa having your feet covered with a blanket and listening to jazz music or watching a Christmas movie! Don't you skip and give this amazing italian hot chocolate a try!
As it is starting to get colder and darker earlier in the afternoons, I was craving a hot chocolate! And especially the thick kind of hot chocolate that serve at many cafés and you can actually eat it with a spoon if you want! I found out that this is the italian hot chocolate. The key is the big ratio of chocolate and cocoa powder with respect to the milk amount and the addition of cornstarch, which gives this thick creamy texture. A pinch of salt is added to enhance the chocolate flavour and you can add as much sugar as you like to meet your taste.
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The preparation of the italian hot chocolate is quite easy. Start by pouring the milk in a small saucepan and place it over low-medium heat. In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder along with the cornstarch and add 2-3 tablespoons of the milk. Stir them well with a spoon or a spatula until you get a thick smooth paste. Transfer the cocoa paste into the milk and stir well until it dissolves completely. Mind to heat in low-medium heat, and not in high. This way the mixture takes longer to come to boil and you will get rid of this flour-like texture of the cornstarch.
Add the sugar and a pinch of salt into the milk mixture and stir well using a whisk. Keep stirring until it comes to boil, else the milk will stack and get burned on the bottom of your pan.
Once the cocoa-milk-cornstarch mixture starts to boil, let it simmer until it gets thicker and creamier. Mind to stir continuously. As soon as it starts to thicken turn off the heat. Add the dark chocolate pieces and stir until they dissolve completely and you have a smooth, thick and creamy hot chocolate.
Transfer to 2 mugs or 3 smaller cups and serve immediately! Enjoy your thick and rich hot italian chocolate!
As your hot chocolate starts to cool down it creates a thin skin on the surface. Do not worry, just give it a stir with a teaspoon and keep enjoying your hot chocolate!
Italian Hot Chocolate
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8' - 10'
2 normal or 3 smaller portions
1.5 cups ( 375 gr ) milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp sugar (to your taste)
pinch of salt
100 gr dark chocolate, cut in pieces
Pour the milk in a small saucepan over low-medium heat.
In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder along with the cornstarch and add 2-3 tablespoons of the milk. Stir them well with a spoon or a spatula until you get a thick smooth paste. Transfer the cocoa paste into the milk and stir well with a whisk to dissolve.
Add a pinch of salt and the sugar into the milk mixture and stir well.
Bring to a boil and let it simmer until it gets thicker, stirring continuously. Once thicker and creamier turn off the heat. Add in the dark chocolate and stir until it dissolves completely and you have a smooth, thick and creamy hot chocolate.
Transfer the hot chocolate into 2 big cups or 3 smaller ones and serve immediately. Enjoy!
The milk-cocoa-cornstarch mixture should come to boil and simmer, in order to activate the cornstarch and thicken the hot chocolate. Do not remove from heat before it comes to a boil. Moreover, simmer on low-medium heat. The longer the mixture needs to come to boil, the better is to get rid of this flour-like taste of the cornstarch in the mixture.
After serving and starting to cool down, the hot chocolate tends to create a thin skin on the top. Do not worry, just give it a stir with a teaspoon and keep enjoying your hot chocolate!