At our house, it's time to play Christmas songs by the McGarrigle sisters (and Dean Martin and Yo-Yo Ma and Sarah MacLachlan and Elvis and...). Our favorite accompaniment? Candy-bar hot chocolate! We save this treat for special times, such as when we're trimming the tree, because it is a cup of chocolate so rich it's actually a kind of custard.
We offer the recipe as a holiday gift to you... Choose your favorite chocolate (be it Hershey's or Callebaut, milk or dark-dark) because it's all about the chocolate.
Candy-bar Hot Chocolate
2 egg yolks
2 ounces of bar chocolate, chunked
1 cup of milk
whipping cream (optional)
Ghirardelli ground chocolate (optional)
Beat the egg yolks in a small bowl.
Place the chocolate and milk in a 2-cup microwave safe glass measuring cup with a spout. Microwave at 70-percent power for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking once, until the chocolate is melted. Whisk well.
Slowly pour the milk into the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the glass measuring cup and microwave for one minute.
If you're being fussy, strain it through cheesecloth to catch any eggy bits. But if it's just you and the family, pour into cups hot, then garnish with a lavish swirl of whipped cream and a festive sprinkle of ground chocolate.
What will you listen to as you sip your chocolate? We're always eager to find our next favorite Christmas song. Please share!