Russian Hot Chocolate

2014-02-07
Rich and elegant, a demitasse of Russian hot chocolate is the perfect finish to a nice dinner.
  • Yield : 1-1/2 cups
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 4m
  • Ready In : 25m

In honor of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, this hot chocolate recipe will warm numb fingers with it’s rich chocolate flavor and orange scented sour cream topping. Gale Gand, a highly regarded pastry chef, traveled to Russia and discovered that country’s¬†version of hot chocolate. Her account is interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

Cornstarch and sugar go in the saucepan first.

Cornstarch and sugar go in the saucepan first.

Add cream, milk, and vanilla.

Add cream, milk, and vanilla.

 

Bittersweet chocolate and butter are whisked in after the milk has thickened.

Bittersweet chocolate and butter are whisked in after the milk has thickened.

 

As if it couldn't become more thick, it does. Russians call this hot chocolate; however, the rest of the world knows it as pudding.

As if it couldn’t become more thick, it does. Russians call this hot chocolate; however, the rest of the world knows it as pudding.

 

Delicious creme fraiche is tart, slightly sweet, and zesty with orange.

Delicious sour cream is tart, slightly sweet, and zesty with orange.

Ingredients

  • Orange Topping:
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, quark, or mascarpone
  • 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp fresh orange zest
  • Hot Chocolate:
  • 3 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1-1/2 TB unsalted butter

Method

Step 1

To make the orange topping, combine sour cream, brown sugar, and zest in a small bowl. Refrigerate until needed.

Step 2

For the hot chocolate, whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan.

Step 3

Whisk in the cream, milk, and extract. Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Whisk constantly until mixture is thickened similar to thin pudding, about 4 minutes.

Step 4

Remove pan from heat and whisk in chocolate and butter until melted and mixture is smooth.

Step 5

Divide between 2 small mugs or 4 small cups. Top with a dollop of sour cream.

Step 6

To drink like the Russians: Spoon a dollop of orange topping onto a spoon. Stir into chocolate. Don't drink the chocolate from the cup rather spoon the hot chocolate to your lips then sip. Da.

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Comments (2)

  1. posted by Janine Washle on May 7, 2018

    It’s delicious. Note, I used one of my caviar mother of pearl spoons for the topping, lol.

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