Milk Chocolate Coffee
Tips: This is a pleasant hot drink with the well-matched
flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. It’s less intense than
many mocha drinks and is best-suited to those who are fans of milder
flavors and milder chocolate. It’s not difficult to make,
but the milk chocolate you use must be of excellent quality and
very finely chopped. You can add a little vanilla or liqueur to
this just before serving, but keep it subtle; start with 1 teaspoon
of your choice (per serving) and increase amounts to taste. I make
this entirely in the microwave.
If you have any of this left over, cool briefly, then chill, covering
tightly when cold. Store in the fridge for up to three days (a thick,
harder layer will form on top; that’s OK). To reheat, place
in microwaveable container. Heat at 50% (medium) power in microwave
for short intervals, whisking well after each, until top layer melts
and the drink is is homogeneous and hot.
Yield: 2 Servings
- 3-1/2 ounces best-quality milk chocolate, very finely chopped
- Few grains of salt
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp. instant coffee
- Lightly sweetened whipped cream
- Shaved or grated milk chocolate
In small microwaveable bowl, combine finely chopped milk chocolate
and salt. Microwave at 50% (medium) power for thirty second intervals,
stirring well after each, just until chocolate is almost melted,
then stir until completely melted and smooth. On high power, heat
heavy cream until it is very hot. All at once, add hot cream to
melted chocolate. Stir or whisk briskly until smooth (if you absolutely
cannot get this mixture smooth, process at high speed in a food
processor fitted with steel blade just until smooth—but I’ve
never yet had to take this extra step).
In two-cup liquid measure, heat water on high power until very
hot. Add instant coffee to hot water and stir in well. Gradually
add about half of hot coffee to milk chocolate mixture, stirring
or whisking well after each addition. Add this mixture back to the
remaining hot coffee in the two cup liquid measure.
If necessary, heat beverage in two cup liquid measure at 50% (medium)
power until steaming hot. Divide between two mugs (8 ounces each).
If desired, garnish as suggested above. Serve immediately.
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