11.23.2008

chestnuts roasting.... over hot chocolate

Photobucket Chestnut hot chocolate is for the chestnut connoisseur. The chocolate is not too overpowering, as to prevent the flavour of the chestnuts from singing through. Orange blossom honey helps to round out the flavours, by adding a slightly floral element. This is a welcome addition to satiate my hot chocolate cravings. Chestnut Hot Chocolate (serves 1-2) 1 cup whole milk 10 unsweetened chestnuts, jarred 20 g 70% dark chocolate, chopped 1 tbsp orange blossom honey 1. In a blender, combine the milk and chestnuts until smooth. 2. Heat the milk and chestnut mixture in a small saucepan, on low heat, until bubbles begin to form around the edge. 3. Add the dark chocolate, and whisk until combined. 4. Mix in the honey, until well combined, and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

28 comments:

myfrenchkitchen said...

This looks delicious and you're right, perfect for those cravings!
Ronell

Peppercorn Press said...

Oh dear, you're killing me with all this hot chocolate! I don't think I can resist =)

gail said...

hehe - well as long as cravings don't kill anyone!

Alexa said...

This sounds like a wonderful and unusual combination... I'll have to get some jarred chestnut to try it out. I'm sure it's delicious.

Reeni said...

Very inventive! YUM!

Vanessa said...

You are the hot chocolate master Gail!!

FoodJunkie said...

Orange really goes with chocolate and chestnut. Lovely drink!

Priscilla Chen-Tay said...

It looks delicious. Chestnuts are one of my favorite things in confectionery. Do you think it'd work with roasted chestnuts whizzed to a smooth puree in the absence of jarred ones?

VeggieGirl said...

STUNNING food photographs!!

Thank you for visiting my blog!! :-)

gail said...

Priscilla - I think the flavour would be fabulous! Perhaps soak the chestnuts in water for a couple hours to soften them, or just puree them excessively? hehe

gail said...

VeggieGirl - thank you! And likewise :)

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

What an incredible combination for the holiday. BRAVO Ms. Pink Peppercorn. This deserves at least a Nobel Peace Prize! :)

lisa from dandysugar said...

This looks delicious, I love the flavor of chestnuts.
I actually roasted chestnuts over the weekend for a maple chestnut mousse!

Jenn said...

I have never seen this combination before and can't wait to try it! But was wondering...could you swap the milk for skimmed milk or even soy milk?

Jo said...

This does look yummy but I've never had hot choc and chestnuts. But I can see the co-relation though!

gail said...

jenn - I'm sure you could use either, but with skim... I don't want to miss the point! It should be rich and luscious.

I also tend to feel more satisfied, as it is much richer, with the whole milk. Skim, 1%, or 2% just don't do it for me :)

I'm sure the flavour will still be good, especially with the right soy. Skim, would probably be pushing it too far.

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of chestnut hot chocolate.

Lainie Petersen said...

This looks way, way too good.

Yum.

gail said...

Lainie - thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear the kind words :)

Cheryl A said...

Ooh, nice combination. What about a mint hot chocolate?

gail said...

getting there!

Jenn said...

Thank you for replying me so quickly! I'm going to take your advice try using soy! xoxo

Freya said...

Delicious and sophisticated drink for these cold days!

Global Patriot said...

What a combination of flavors, layer upon layer.

Missy Gourmet said...

The visual is so beautiful, I've saved it as my background.

gail said...

Missy - glad you like it!!

Premyscakes said...

that sounds interesting, will try it out soon.

Everything's Herbed said...

looks yummy. i bet it taste so good!

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