Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hot Chocolate

  • So the final episode ever of Good Eats came on this past weekend, and i couldn't help but share this recipe.This is literally the most delicious thing i have drank the longest time. So deep, rich and thick. Make sure to use high quality Chocolate---it makes a difference! 
  • If you can't find cocoa nibs at your local grocery store, try your local health food store. Many carry them now days. 

  • Ingredients 
  • 1 ounce cocoa nibs (about 1/4 of a cup)
  • 16 ounces whole milk
  • 6 ounces 65-percent to 70-percent bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces sugar (somewhere around1/2 - 3/4cup-i don't like mine too sweet)
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pulse the cocoa nibs in a spice grinder 3 to 4 times until the nibs are coarsely chopped. Place the nibs in a 1-quart microwave-safe measuring cup and add the milk. Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until the milk reaches 160 degrees F. Steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the chocolate, sugar, warm water and salt in the French press. Stir and then set aside.
After the nib mixture is done steeping fro the 30 mins, return the nib-milk mixture to the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes until it simmers or reaches 185 degrees F. Strain the hot nib-milk mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the French press carafe. Discard the nibs. Stir to combine the chocolate and milk. Pump the plunger of the French press 10 to 15 times to froth and aerate. Serve immediately.

I couldn't think of a better way to spend Valentines day then with a nice cup of hot chocolate and cheesy 90's movies. 

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