We are far too quickly approaching that time of year where it is necessary to spend much more time than is pleasant in a much more crowded than is pleasant mall.
Happily, I don’t have too many people to buy Christmas presents for this year. Most of the time spent in the mall was in search of stretchy pants for all the eating I’m going to be doing.
(If I’m honest, I’m already doing it.)
Luckily, we agreed upon abs for 2016.
Also luckily, I found the perfect stretchy pants.
I then left the mall, went home, put them on, and have been hibernating in a homemade pillow fort with this hot chocolate ever since.
I created this hot chocolate to use up leftover ganache from the French macarons I made last week. If you don’t have ganache, you can use extra chocolate.
It is the richest, creamiest, most indulgent hot chocolate ever.
Ingredients – serves one, but can easily be doubled
- 1 cup milk (I used 1%, but 2% would be even creamier)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate ganache
- 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons whipping cream (not whipped)
- Toppings (whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, etc. – see notes)
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to scalding (just before a boil – look for small bubbles around the edges of the pan, and light evaporation).
- Remove from heat and stir in ganache and chocolate chips. Keep stirring until they’re all melted.
- Add in whipping cream, and place back on the stove and heat until scalding again.
- Serve in a mug with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and/or whatever else your heart desires.
- To make chocolate shavings, scrape a vegetable peeler along the side of a block of chocolate.
- Try adding a used vanilla bean pod (one where you’ve already scraped out the inside beans) to the milk to infuse it with vanilla.
- For an adult treat, add some Baileys, Kahlua, or both to the mug before adding the hot chocolate.
- Instead of (or in addition to) chocolate shavings, add some grated nutmeg to the top.
- You can play with the whipped cream topping – add some vanilla, some orange zest, or a pinch of cardamom to the cream before whipping.