Good morning! The winds of change are swirling here, yesterday it was 74 and today it is 40! Time to settle and and get ready for winter. To me that means comfy blankets, piles of books and magazines and copious amours of hot chocolate.
This morning I decided to try a little Viennese hot chocolate and I loved it, it takes me back to my time traveling in Vienna. It is rich and delicious and even better, it is so easy to make.
3 cups of low-fat milk
7 oz premium dark chocolate, grated
1 T granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 T confectioner's sugar
In a sauce pan, gently heat 1 C of milk with grated chocolate. Simmer over low heat until all chocolate has dissolved. Combine remaining milk and granulated sugar in another saucepan and gently heat, whisking until all sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate mix to sugared milk and continue simmering over low. In a bowl, whisk heavy cream and vanilla together on high slowly adding confectioner's sugar until peaks form. Remove hot chocolate from heat and divide into cups. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each. Garnish with a pinch of cocoa powder or sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.