Hot Chocolate Recipe from West Africa

Forget those hot chocolate powdered mixes. This is the real thing.

Forget those hot chocolate powdered mixes.  This is the real thing – rich and smooth, chocolate at its best.  (Reprinted with permission from Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company)

6 ounces dark milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/3 cup milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or to taste)
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon pure vanilla

Melt chocolate in a medium, heatproof bowl over hot water. Stir often, until almost smooth. Remove from heat and whisk until completely smooth. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine milk, cream and sugar. Warm over low heat, stirring often, just to simmer. Quickly stir in coffee to dissolve, and remove from heat.

Add a small amount of the hot liquid to the melted chocolate, whisking in well until smooth. (If the chocolate “seizes” and refuses to smooth out, try adding a bit more liquid.) Very gradually add the remaining hot liquid, whisking until smooth after each addition. Scrape the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula. If necessary, return to pot and reheat over low heat, stirring often, until very hot.  Stir in vanilla and serve at once.

Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Chocolate recipe was from Chocolate: The Exhibition. Originated by The Field Museum in Chicago in 2010, this blockbuster exhibit was seen by more than 1.6 million people in museums across the United States.