Food from the Hart

Orange-Scented Hot Cocoa

In Recipes on January 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Yield: 6 servings

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

There’s nothing like a warm cup of cocoa on a cold day.  In this recipe we combine chocolate with a hint of orange.  It’s a really nice spin on a classic homemade cup of hot chocolate.  For another twist, you could add a shot of espresso to each up to make an Orange-Scented Mocha.

1 3/4 cups whole milk or half and half

1 tablespoon of arrowroot

6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup sugar

12 strips of orange zest

preparation

Combine 1/4 cup of milk and arrowroot in a bowl to make a slurry.  Mix until smooth and silky.  The arrowroot is flavorless and will help thicken the cocoa.

Place the remaining milk into a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. When the milk begins to bubble whisk in the sugar.  Then whisk in the arrowroot mixture until the milk thickens – 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and quickly whisk in the chocolate.  Continue mixing until the chocolate has completely dissolved.

Divide among mugs and drop in a one or two pieces of orange zest.

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