Friday, October 2, 2009

Italian Hot Chocolate- Now THAT's Amore!

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I am headed into the city tonight to meet the hubs, take a stroll and shoot some photos. There is no time of the year that I love to do this more then in these cool, crisp, early fall evenings. There are no formal dining plans but instead we will stop by our favorite taco truck, Il Idiolo on the corner of 6th Ave and 3rd St, load up with tacos, tamales and a jarritos or two (fruit punch flavor of course!) and head over to the High Line for a little picnic alfresco. What could be better than sitting out in the open air on top of the bustling city and sharing carnitas with your beloved? Nothing...almost... except maybe to sit out in the open air on top of the bustsing city share carnitas with your beloved AND THEN top it all off with some Italian Hot Chocolate that you packed in your thermos and lugged all the way in from Jersey.

This is a simple recipe for hot chocolate adapted from one I found on, made from scratch given an Italian twist by adding a nip or two of Disaronno Amaretto. Its a sweet and rich treat that is sure to make a perfect fall night just a little bit more fabulous by warming you tummy and imparting a little fun at the same time. Now THAT'S amore!

Italian Hot Chocolate

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream 
  • 6 oz Disaronno Amaretto 
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.Top with 1.5 oz of Amarreto.



redkathy said...

Sounds like the perfect evening! I do miss the crisp fall air. Your hot chocolate sounds wonderful.