Recently I found a cook book called "My French Kitchen", written by the same woman who wrote the book the movie "Chocolat" was based on. It has a ton of great meals that remind me of the European feel that I enjoyed on my mission. Here's the recipie for the hot chocolate that was made in the film. Its rich, it's dark, and its excellent. When I make it for my family, I omit the chili, but I think its a nice little kick.
- 1 3/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 a vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
- 3.5 ounces of chocolate (60% dark)
- cinnamon stick
- 1 small hot red chili, seeded
- brown sugar (to taste)
- Whipped cream, chocolate shavings or other toppings
In a heavy sauce pan, bring the milk to a very slight boil. Introduce the vanilla, cinnamon, and chili and let cook for a few minutes, making sure to slowly stir with a wisk. Grate the chocolate into the milk and stir until melted. Take off the heat for ten minutes and let infuse. remove the chili, cinammon stick, and vanilla pod, place on heat again until hot, and once poured, top with whipped cream, or other desired toppings.