Spiced hot chocolate
1 quart whole milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground chile pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup sugar
4 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Sweetened whipped cream for garnish
Makes 4 servings.
In a small saucepan, combine the milk, spices and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Pour mixture through a strainer into a large saucepan placed over low heat. Add the chocolate and mix with an immersion blender or whisk until it has melted completely, about 5 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.
Per serving: 627 calories (52 percent from fat), 40 g fat (22.2 g saturated, 6.3 g monounsaturated), 40.7 mg cholesterol, 14.6 g protein, 67.7 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g fiber, 179 mg sodium.