Sunday, December 28, 2014

5 Ingredient Creamy Hot Chocolate

I got a package of Christmas goodies from my adorable pen pal Sarah, of @primalbites on Instagram. She really is the best. Of course, I could not wait to dig in. I stuffed my face with one of each cookie and the homemade marshmallows she had made, as soon as I opened the box. When I saw the marshmallows, I knew I had to make my 5-ingredient hot chocolate. This hot chocolate is no ordinary hot cocoa, it is essentially a custard. It is rich, creamy and decadent. You could even chill it overnight and throw it in an ice cream maker the following day and voila! you've got chocolate ice cream. 

5-Ingredient Creamy Hot Chocolate

What you'll need:
  • 2 oz chocolate (I used 85%), chopped 
  • 1 TBSP cocoa/cacao powder
  • 2 TBSP/6 tsp coconut sugar or other granulated sugar (If using semi-sweet chocolate, reduce sugar by 1-2 tsp) 
  • 2 1/4 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 2 egg yolks

What to do:
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks, 1 TBSP coconut sugar and cocoa powder together until combined. In a sauce pan, heat the remaining 1 TBSP coconut sugar, dark chocolate, and milk over medium heat. 
  2. Stir the milk mixture together until the chocolate and sugar have dissolved. Don't worry if not all the chocolate has melted into milk mixture. Remove the milk mixture from the heat when it starts to steam but not boil. 
  3. Slowly pour a little bit of the heated milk mixture into the egg yolks all the while whisking. This will temper the eggs and prevent hot chocolate scrambled eggs. Continue whisking and pouring the heating milk into the egg yolks. When about 1/2 - 3/4 of the heated milk mixture has been added to the eggs, return the egg yolk/milk mixture (now a custard) back to the sauce pan. 
  4. Turn the heat down to medium low and using a wooden spoon swirl a figure 8 pattern to keep the custard from curdling. The mixture is done when the back of your spoon is coated nicely with a layer of the custard. 
  5. Serve with homemade marshmallows, coconut whipped cream, a shot of espresso and a drizzle of melted chocolate for some ultra decadence. Makes 2-4 servings. 


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