Monday, October 31, 2011

City Bakery Hot Chocolate take one

Captain’s Log, Stardate 10.31.2011

While doing research on a new book proposal, I was reading a book set at Christmas and was inspired to make hot chocolate. But not just any hot chocolate--I wanted to try to reproduce the orgasmic (yes I just said orgasmic) hot chocolate that I had with my friends Allie Pleiter and Danica Favorite at City Bakery in New York City. Allie blogged about it at the bottom of this post. It was seriously that good.

So I found several recipes and cobbled together this one:

Pour 2 cups milk into a saucepan, whisk in 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Heat on medium heat until steaming, then add 12-13 ounces bar chocolate (not baking chocolate) chopped into small pieces. Whisk to melt the chocolate, enjoy with pretzels in lieu of the wonderful pretzel croissant we had at City Bakery.

Unfortunately, while good, the hot chocolate was not thick enough. The City Bakery stuff literally globbed into the cup, it was that thick. Next time, I think I will add less milk and more cornstarch. And what the heck, maybe more chocolate too.

Any good chocolate stories? Recipes I should try?


  1. Hi Camy! Even though its not quite cold in Texas yet, I've been thinking about hot chocolate. I'll have to try this recipe, it sounds amazing! Thanks for posting! :-)

  2. It's yummy but quite sweet. If you like less sweet chocolate, you can use baking chocolate instead and add your own sugar.