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"It's so beautifully arranged on the the plate – you know someone's fingers have been all over it." – Julia Child

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

We know: it’s freezing. We’d offer to come over and snuggle, but, no way we’re leaving home today. Try our remedy instead!

 

SALTED CARAMEL HOT CHOCOLATE
A dark, rich, and perfectly seasoned elixir from our book,  Winter Cocktails

In this variation, sugar cooks down to an amber, bittersweet caramel that blends seamlessly into hot chocolate.
Cooking Tip: You will need a large saucepan for this recipe: the addition of cream to the caramel causes the mixture to bubble aggressively.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon Maldon salt, plus additional for garnish
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
4 cups whole milk
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or chocolate chips
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Ingredient Tip: Maldon salt is a sea salt whose large flakes are ideal for seasoning: they melt slowly but easily into warm items, and also provide a nice crunch and textural contrast. See page 000 for resources.

– Stir sugar and water together in large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar turns dark amber and just begins to smoke, 6 to 8 minutes. Immediately add cream and salt, stepping away from pan while bubbling and sputtering subside. Reduce heat to medium and stir just until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.

– Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa and brown sugar and stir with whisk until a paste forms. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Whisk in caramel. Bring to simmer over medium-high heat, then, reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in chocolate and cook, stirring until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Serve in warm cups and sprinkle with Maldon salt.

– Spike each serving with 1 1/2 ounces Amaretto per serving, if desired (trust us, you desire).

Serves 4

 

 

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  1. January 21, 2014

    This sounds and looks decadent in the extreme. Worth the calories and Spanx (mine, not yours), I bet.

  2. January 21, 2014

    This looks like the perfect cure to this frigid weather.

  3. lunarmusings #
    January 21, 2014

    Sounds way better than the starbucks version!

  4. January 21, 2014

    Gorgeous!

  5. January 22, 2014

    Ohh man that looks good

  6. January 22, 2014

    Wow! Wow! I HAVE to try that. It is definetely something we need here in Canada…

  7. January 22, 2014

    heavenly!

  8. January 22, 2014

    Oh yum!

  9. January 22, 2014

    Decadence in a cup… What a stunning photograph!

  10. January 25, 2014

    This looks delicious!!!

  11. March 11, 2014

    Caramel and chocolate! Two of my favourite things!

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