The warmth of almonds infuses this classic chocolat chaud recipe, also known as French hot chocolate, with a special depth of flavor. Use almond liqueur for an adults-only treat, or add a bit of flavored extract for a delightful dessert that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This recipe takes only a few minutes to put together, so it's perfect for a chilly evening.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
- 6 oz. semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped
- ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons hot water, divided
- 2 cups hot milk
- 1 cup hot half-and-half, or light cream
- 2 tablespoons almond liqueur (substitute 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)
- Sugar, to taste
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate curls
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped, toasted almonds
Using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate into ¼ cup of the water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons hot water, hot milk, and light cream until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Remove the chocolat chaud from the heat and stir the almond liqueur into the mixture.
Pour the almond hot chocolate into cups and add sugar as desired. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of whipped cream, a few chocolate curls, and a sprinkle of toasted almonds.
This almond chocolat chaud recipe makes 4 servings.