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    Après-Ski Holiday Hot Chocolate With Brandy and Cream

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    French Tart's Note:

    This spiced cinnamon hot chocolate is liberally laced with brandy and topped with whipped cream, it is the type of hot chocolate I remember drinking après-ski in Germany and in the French Alps. It is the perfect drink to warm your tingling fingers and toes on a cold and frosty evening or morning. Great throughout the Holiday season, as well as Christmas, New Year and the winter months, OR for those "Why Not" days! This makes 4 generous tall mugs of hot chocolate. Please adjust the brandy to suit your taste - we find the amount listed here gives a lovely warm tingle, however you can leave the brandy out for drivers and those that don't drink alcohol - you will still have a delicious spiced and decadent drink! Do try to use a high quality and high cocoa solids chocolate - it makes all the difference to the taste! Salut !

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    Serves: 4


    Tall Mugs

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    Hot Chocolate

    To Decorate


    1. 1
      Gently boil the milk in a large heavy based saucepan, remove as boiling point is reached.
    2. 2
      Place chocolate in a small pan and add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Stir over a low heat until melted, then add the melted chocolate mixture into the remaining milk, stirring well.
    3. 3
      Add the sugar, cinnamon and brandy. Adjust to taste at this point.
    4. 4
      Serve the brandy hot chocolate in tall heatproof glasses or mugs, top with a dollop of whipped cream lightly dusted with cocoa powder or cinnamon.
    5. 5
      Serve with a cinnamon stick for a "stirrer"!
    6. 6

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 23, 2010


      Made as written for the *Chocolate Challenge* of ZWT6, I have a *Why Not* dy every dy, but it is not this spec as it does not include the brandy or some of the extras. I made a half recipe for Siggi & I to share as a way to limit the indulgence that could easily become habit-forming & it was a real treat. I used cinnamon for the *dust decor* & even a cinnamon stick for myself since I do not waste them on Siggi. He usually gives me 1 of his *What the heck is this for* looks & tosses it aside. I had been resisting this recipe for too long. Thx for sharing it w/us. :-)

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    • on May 22, 2010


      This was so good! I scaled it down to 1/2 for DH and I, but I wished later I'd made the whole recipe! It was terrific, rich and delicious. Made for ZWT 6 Chocolate Challenge :)

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    • on January 18, 2010


      This cocoa has a rich nutty taste from the brandy, and was a nice bedtime treat. I would probably skip the cinnamon next time, even though I only used a little bit, it was more dominant then expected and I think I'd prefer the chocolate/brandy combo without it. I used Trader Joe's lb plus Dark Chocolate. Thanks French Tart for sharing, made for the Comfort Cafe Winter 2010

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    Nutritional Facts for Après-Ski Holiday Hot Chocolate With Brandy and Cream

    Serving Size: 1 (336 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 529.8
    Calories from Fat 360
    Total Fat 40.0 g
    Saturated Fat 24.3 g
    Cholesterol 29.2 mg
    Sodium 126.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.5 g
    Sugars 21.1 g
    Protein 16.3 g

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