“I’m not a chef, I’m Italian”- David Rocco


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Return of the Cioccolata Calda...HOT CHOCOLATE!!!



Ciao! Some of you may recall a post I did last year on Cioccolata Calda, or as it is referred to in America..Hot Chocolate! Last Christmas was my first time having Cioccolata Calda in Italy and I just fell in love with it. Italian hot chocolate is nothing like the American version. It is very thick, rich and not terribly sweet. In fact, it is usually served with a pack of sugar on the side if you care to make it sweeter. It’s practically like pudding, no lie. I returned to the scene of the crime here in Florence two nights ago and got to enjoy my Cioccolata Calda once again. The photo on the top of the page is the cioccolata calda from last year and the one right below this is the same one, one year later!! It was just as delicious. I’ve listed my recipes from last year plus a new one that I KNOW you’ll enjoy…it has nutella…nuff said? Buon Appetito!!

 
Traditional Cioccolata Calda con Panna
4 ounces of good quality dark chocolate (70% or higher, I personally prefer 85%)
1 ½ cups of whole milk
1 tbsp. of cream
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. corn starch
 
Add your milk and cream to a pot over medium heat, let it get warm, but do not bring to a boil. Add the chocolate and sugar and mix until melted and smooth. Add the cornstarch and continue to mix. Stir until everything is smooth and creamy. Pour into mugs and serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream…
 
 
Whipped Cream
1 cup of cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Add the cream and vanilla extract to a small bowl and whisk with an electric beater until it looks like whipped cream!!
 
Paleo Cioccolata Calda
 
1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 ounce dark chocolate (85% is better for paleo)
1 tbsp. chocolate extract
 
Add your milk to a pot over medium heat, let it get warm but do not let it boil. Add the cocoa powder and let it dissolve. Add the dark chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Add the chocolate extract and let heat until creamy. Pour into a mug and add a dollop of whipped cream.
Nutella Cioccolata Calda
4 ounces of good quality semi-sweet chocolate
3 tbsp. nutella
1 ½ cups of whole milk
1 tbsp. of cream
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. corn starch
 
Add your milk and cream to a pot over medium heat, let it get warm, but do not bring to a boil. Add the chocolate, nutella and sugar and mix until melted and smooth. Add the cornstarch and continue to mix. Stir until everything is smooth and creamy. Pour into mugs and serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream…