Sunday, December 1, 2013

PARISIAN HOT CHOCOLATE

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Hope you all had a great thanksgiving. 
We are officially in December. It is the season to be jolly. It also happens to be the season of cookies, lights, celebration and HOT CHOCOLATE. This is our first hot chocolate for the season. 

I remember Paris, the city of love and food.

We visited Paris when my little one was 4 (not sure if it was a good idea, but he was a doll).  He loved the people, the walks, the train rides and the HOT CHOCOLATE. The fussy eater survived the entire trip on hot chocolate and bread only.  


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The hot chocolate in Paris is deliciously thick, and absolutely heavenly.

One of the few things that I got back from my visit was a lot of French hot chocolate mix. We ran out of the mix pretty quickly. I think I was the main culprit...:) 

It was pretty surprising that authentic hot chocolate had no cream in it, according to the Parisian locals. So this is how I started making it at home, and it is quite close to the original that we had.

This is my lite version. It's still thick and creamy, and I've spiked it with some rose petals. In my opinion, it's a very special touch.


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PARISIAN HOT CHOCOLATE with ROSE PETALS
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups 2% milk + 2tbsp milk
2 tsp dried rose petals
4 ounces milk chocolate
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 tsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
whipped cream and cocoa nibs to garnish(optional)

Method:
1. In a saucepan, add milk and dried rose petals and let it simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Take it off the heat and pass it through a sieve.  The rose petals have already given out their juices and you can throw them away.   
2. In a bowl, break or chop bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, both the sugar and keep aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch or tapioca starch with cold milk and keep aside, making sure that there are no lumps.
4. Add the hot milk to the bittersweet, milk chocolate, sugar, mix well.  Add the cornstarch mix to the hot milk and pour it back in the sauce pan and let it simmer for another 5 minutes stirring it. Remove when it has thickened.
5. Add the pinch of salt, vanilla extract and mix well.
SERVE it with whipped cream and some cocoa nibs.
ENJOY!

Note: Make use of the best quality chocolate for a rich flavored drink.

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59 comments:

Manasi said...

Beautiful!
I love those cups. and the hot chocolate! It looks so thick, creamy and the glaze is making it look divine! Oh yum, almost scoopable hot chocolate, perfect for winter.

Zainab Mansaray said...

Oh this is perfect for the season!! I would love a cup right now. I love the infusion of rose petals...so delicate!

Spicie Foodie said...

I don't think anyone forgets a visit to Paris. Your hot chocolate sounds wonderful and so does the touch of rose petals. Thanks for sharing Ash -- stay warm.

Asha Shivakumar said...

@Manasi-thanks,you are right,it is quite a scoopable drink..:)
@Zainab-thanks hon.
@Nancy- Oh yes, Paris is magical right?..enjoy your stay. Thanks for stopping by.

Shashi Charles said...

Your little one has good taste - I think I could survive on hot chocolate and peanut butter, specially if the hot chocolate looks like your version! Ash - it looks so rich, so heavenly -like drinkable chocolate ganache - ok - I will take a second cup and when I am done with that maybe a third ;)

Angie Schneider said...

I NEED one now, Asha. Love your serving cups and spoon.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

How absolutely gorgeous using the rose petals there! :D

Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ said...

A hot schocolate as it should always be: fantastic!

Monica said...

Gorgeous pictures! This brings back memories...we went to Paris a couple of years ago (my first time) and our son was 6. We all had the most amazing time and hot chocolate at Angelina was quite a moment for me. It was absolutely amazing. I'm also amazed that the French often use milk instead of cream for drinks like these. Love your touch of rose petals...looks beautiful!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You said...

Wow!!!! This looks so decadent and mouthwatering, Ash! I just want to drink it all day...I am so sharing it!

easyfoodsmith said...

This sounds like a chocolate sauce; only that it has lots of milk as compared to a sauce.
I don't mind having it and going into Chocolate coma! Ditto for my daughter :D

Mike @TheIronYou said...

Ok, Paris = one the best cities in the world. So beautiful and the food...sooo incredible.
Your little one surely has a very sophisticated taste. Good for him (and for you!)
And btw that hot chocolate? To die for.

Helene Dsouza said...

Yeah hot chocolate! That's how I would start my day for over 12 years =) Looks fantastic!

Gloria Baker said...

really delicious ! and I love your pictures : awasome!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Comforting and divine!

Cheers,

Rosa

Pia said...

Something thick, chocolatey and Parisian - now what could possibly go wrong with that! And the rose petals tie in perfectly with the romanticism of that city.
You write a gorgeous blog, Asha.

Gayathri Ramanan said...

hot choco with rose petals looks divine, thick and creamy..tempting clicks

Chitrangada said...

This is something heavenly.

Liz Berg said...

No cream? I had no idea! It's so thick and luscious...I may have to whip up some at home for my children over the holidays :)

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Gorgeous hot chocolate, Ash! I make a 'Parisian Hot Chocolate' but it does have cream in it. (Recipe is from a celebrity.) And, I just love it! But, I am newly allergic to dairy, so I am on a quest to make a dairy free version. Beautiful photography as always, my friend! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week ahead! xo

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

This recipe is a keeper! I went to Paris and I can't believe I didn't try Parisian hot chocolate. So cute your little boy lived on bread and hot cocoa. :) I've been hankering for my first hot cocoa of the season, and this sounds fantastic!

Bill said...

YUM! It's definitely hot chocolate season and I love your version. I've never used a thickener and it's a great idea! Saving this recipe for a cold night by the fire. Thanks for a great post, Ash!

Daniela Grimburg said...

Today it's very chilly outside and I'm longing for one of this amazing hot chocolates with the fancy rose petal touch.
Only looking at the pictures makes my mouth water!

Asmita said...

Heaven on earth! How I wish I could have one of those right now. Simply love your presentation and photography. Stunning!

Nazneen Hamilton said...

Now that's my kind of hot chocolate, one you have to drink with a spoon! Love the rose petal touch very sophisticated and Parisian.

dentistvschef said...

wow, fascinating photograph!
btw, can i using rose infused water for this recipe???
i like this how choco with the 70% or more dark chocolate.....

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

Surprisingly, we haven't made hot chocolate yet this season! This needs to change!!

Joanne said...

I could probably also pretty happily survive on hot chocolate and bread only. :P I love the rose petals in this! Such a fun way to make it extra special.

cristina said...

Delicious hot choco, Ash! Two cups for me please. :)

Harini M said...

I just want that mug right now Asha :)Lovely preparation and adorable clicks.I am a big fan of hot chocolate too :)

Lail | With A Spin said...

Very comforting for the season.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Such gorgeous hot chocolate! Really, you've taken it to another level. I haven't made (or had) hot chocolate in years, but now you have me craving it! Gonna happen sometime this holiday season. And Paris with a 4 year old? That's brave! And kinda adorable. ;-) Fun post - thanks.

Rekha Vengalil said...

Ash,I love everything here.. the recipe, props and pics. AWESOME! rose petals seems a great idea and what a comforting drink...:-)

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

I also love my hot chocolate to be Thick and more chocolaty than milky! I'm loving the rose petal twist!

Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition said...

I would like to swim in this. Thank you! Haha!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I love the name of the hot chocolate and rose petal? Wow so fancy Ash! It's my kind of hot chocolate. Tee hee! Now I want this cup of delicious hot cocoa!

Shefali said...

Such a perfect recipe for this cold weather. I am off to make some hot chocolate milk for myself now :)

Unknown said...

I have had the style of hot chocolate. While very different than the creamy "Swiss Miss" style I grew up with, it definitely a treat to be savored. GREG

Katerina said...

I love, love chocolate but I haven't tried it when I visited Paris. Now that I read your post I wish I had! You made one fine hot chocolate Ash!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You for stopping by with some lovely comments.
Yes, it's thick and heavenly.

Asha Shivakumar said...

@dentistvschef- Yes, definitely you can try it with some rose infused syrup. It would be nice.

The Squishy Monster said...

ooooh, how elegant!

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious hot chocolate sure rose petals did wonders in there. Love it.

AdriBarr said...

Che meraviglia! That is just marvelous - so tempting. The Italians also make a super rich hot chocolate, so dense and thick in fact, you could almost eat it with a spoon OR a fork! I am entranced by your addition of rose petals. What a great idea. I've got to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Monet said...

Oh my! I am longing for Paris now! There hot chocolate is so delicious. I am excited to try making it at home! Thank you for sharing!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living said...

I love the rose petals - just beautiful! And I can only imagine how warm and comforting this hot chocolate must be.

Tara said...

Woohoo for Ghiradelli! :) One of the best chocolates ever.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Hot chocolate in the winter is my big indulgence. Now that it's summer I'll collect recipes for winter. Yours is first! :)

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I LOVE the addition of rose petals to this. It elevates a simple hot chocolate to something so much more Parisian. Beautiful!

SuperCutePetContest said...

I love all kinds of hot chocolate! I look forward to trying out this recipe.

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

I love the Parisian way to prepare hot chocolate - with REAL chocolate! Oh, so delicious. It's more like a dessert than a drink.

ashok said...

awesome blog...enjoyed the visit!

valentina maria kenney wein said...

I want to dive into that mug! What a beautiful cup full of chocolate.

Honey said...

ooooh rose petals, now that is something I have never seen before. Parisians do know their hot chocolate, the best I had was in London at Paul.. so thick and luscious, it's like drinking liquid hot chocolate. Gorgeous pictures Asha.

Natasha @ The Cake Merchant said...

Oh my goodness, this looks decadent! Perfect for a cold winter day!

veganmiam.com said...

These mugs are gorgeous! I'm very excited to begin my Parisan adventures this weekend after seeing this post! Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family! x

veganmiam.com said...

These mugs are gorgeous! I'm very excited to begin my Parisan adventures this weekend after seeing this post! Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family! x

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thanks so much all.
This is indeed like a dessert more than a drink.
Rika-thanks, enjoy Paris.

Charul @ Tadka Masala said...

The pictures are wonderful Ash! Dreamy might be the right word. And hot chocolate, I might need whole world's hot chocolate right now to calm my nerves. :)

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