Italian Thick Hot Chocolate with Orange Brandy Whipped Cream
3 1/2 cups whole milk, half and half, or for everyday 1 or 2%
1/3 cup sugar
2-3 tbsp, dark cocoa powder
2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
2-4 oz good quality 85% Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 tsp vanilla
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a medium sauce pan over medium high, heat milk. When it comes to a boil, whisk in chocolate mixture. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes back to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate pieces and vanilla.
Pour into individual cups, and top with Orange Brandy Whipped Cream, serve immediately.
Makes 4-6 servings
Orange Brandy Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp brandy extract
Extra fine zest of 1/2 an orange
In a medium sized bowl, whip cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and brandy extract, on high speed until almost soft peaks, add orange zest and beat until desired consistency.
Makes about 2 cups
Recipe by Amy Richardson