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Viennese Hot Chocolate

What's The Big Idea?

Vienna has a long tradition of coffee shops and café culture. These institutions are popular with tourists and locals alike, and serve a wide selections of cakes, pastries and coffee. In fact many believe that Vienna was the first European city where coffee became really popular. It's very much a part of the Viennese social scene, but it long ago became about more than just coffee; the café culture is about taking time out with friends to relax, chat and watch the world go by. Almost as popular as coffee is hot chocolate, and proper Viennese hot chocolate is so much tastier, richer and...well, full of calories, but we can ignore that bit!... than a couple of teaspoons of factory-produced powder stirred into a mug of warm milk or water! This is the real deal! But not for the calorie-counters!

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 700ml milk
  • 200g chocolate of your choice*, broken into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 75ml whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • A little grated chocolate
* You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate or try different combinations of the two until you find your own individual perfect blend!

What To Do

  • Stir together over low heat about one third of the milk with all the chocolate. Bring to a slow, rolling boil
  • Meanwhile, use a separate saucepan to heat the rest of the milk with the granulated sugar. Whisk it for several minutes or until the sugar has dissolved
  • Combine the contents of both saucepans into one, and keep simmering on a low heat
  • Beat together the whipping cream and vanilla in a food processor. Beat in the icing sugar, and continue beating until the whipped cream forms soft peaks
  • Remove the chocolate from the heat, and share between 4-6 cups. Top each cupfull with a generous dollop of whipped cream and serve sprinkled with grated chocolate

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