Monday, September 27, 2010

Ladurée's Hot Chocolate

“Whenever friends ask for a list of things they should do in Paris, I always tell them they must go to Ladurée for hot chocolate – it is one of the delights of being in the city. Chocolat chaud made in the Ladurée style is unabashedly rich, luxuriously thick, textbook smooth, and the kind of delicious that forces you to stop all reasonable conversation so you can sip and murmur, “Mmmmm.” - Dorie Greenspan, Paris Sweets

Ladurée

Ladurée


It’s no secret that Ladurée knows what to do with chocolate. As you can see in the picture above, there are countless of delicious chocolate sweets that Ladurée sells; Pain au Chocolat, Religieuse Chocolat, Éclair Chocolat, and the list goes on. But one of my favorite chocolate things to order at Ladurée is their hot chocolate, or ‘Chocolat Ladurée’ as the French call it. It’s nothing like an ordinary hot chocolate; it’s like a thick drinkable chocolate sauce that even has a hint of bitterness (because of the bittersweet chocolate). It’s quite memorable and bless Dorie Greenspan for giving us the recipe! Rating: 5- out of 5.


Ladurée's Hot Chocolate




Chocolat Chaud: Ladurée, Paris Sweets - Dorie Greenspan

Ingredients:
- 3 cups whole milk (750g)
- ⅓ cup water (80g)
- ⅓ cup sugar (65g)
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely ground (175g)

Instructions:
- Bring the milk, water, and sugar just to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. The hot chocolate needs to be blended at this point. At Ladurée, this is done with a hand-held blender. If you have this tool, leave the hot chocolate in the saucepan and whip it with the hand-held blender for 1 minute. If you don’t have a hand-held blender, transfer the chocolate to a traditional blender and whip on high speed for 1 minute. The chocolate should be served immediately, while it is still very hot and frothy. Alternatively, you can pour the chocolate into a container to cool; the cooled chocolate can be reheated or served chilled. The chocolate can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator.
- To make cold hot chocolate: Chill the hot chocolate until it is very cold, then stir in ¾ cup cold milk. Whip the cold chocolate for 1 minute with a hand-held blender. Serve the cold hot chocolate over an ice cube or two.


Ladurée's Hot Chocolate

I’m not going to be apologetic over the fact that this has more chocolate
than most chocolate desserts … You’ll weep with gratitude once you’ve tried it.

Ladurée's Hot Chocolate

Ladurée's Hot Chocolate

30 comments:

Danielle said...

I should really make that soon- it's getting colder so it'd be perfect!

Eliana said...

Looks so creamy and lucious! Everything that a good hot chocolate should be.

ABowlOfMush said...

Ooh yum!!
I was just there 2 weeks ago!
I didn't have the hot chocolate though, but I did have some very yummy rose tea :)

"All things French" said...

Oh! you've just made my day ~ I've actually now got the delectable recipe! what an elegant shop and so full of my favourite goodies ~ chocolate on chocolate~
Today you shall find me, in a solitary corner gently murmuring "mmmmm..."
~Dianne~

Gabrielle said...

Wow, everything sounds so yummy, and the Laudree's looks beautiful! I am going to try out that recipe once it gets a little colder here in California.

Champagne Macarons said...

Thank you for posting this. I LOVE chocolat chaud, especially in Paris!! The chocolat chaud at Les Ambassadeurs is delicious also.
I will be making this recipe all winter.
xoxo, B

BonjourRomance said...

Now that the Autumn chill is in the air, I was thinking of a Chocolat Chaud all day. Perfect timing for the recipe. And are those Reeses' cups...my absolute favorite.
Mimi

High Heeled Life said...

Memories are flooding back to me of sitting in Ladurees .... great recipe .. I hope you join along on Thursday for my Hot Chocolate around the world linky party... this is to good to not share!!! XO HHL

Cherry Blossoms said...

Now all we need is a box of macaroons to go with the hot choc. I will def try making this as soon as the weather starts to cool down.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm rich chocolatey amazing. If I hadn't have had such a huge dinner, I'd be making this right now.

Becca said...

Sadly, its been unsually hot for September here and i bet anyone a million bucks that one days its just going to drop to 30 degrees and stay there all of fall and winter, but i cant wait for it to be cold here so i can try that. it looks so rich and creamy. mmmmm chocolate! :D

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

I am wild about Laduree's macaroons - can't beat the Bergamot one - but I have never tried their Haut Chocolate! Will make it a priority next time I'm in town - thanks for your gorgeous photos - Cheers!

Victoria said...

That looks heavenly!
I think I'll give it a go over the weekend!

Thanks to Dorie & you Danielle!x

http://www.fromvictoriawithlove.blogspot.com/

ParisBreakfasts said...

Maybe rename this:
Hot Chocolate Bar
! ! ! ! !

Chele said...

Oh how I am longing to go back to Paris and visit some of the wonderful places you have posted about recently.

Lucie said...

Nothing beats warm hot chocolate on a cold day in Paris--that's one of the reasons I love it here. Yours look delicious!

Kristin said...

Wow, this looks way too good! And I love the whole post. Can't get enough of it actually!!! Have a beautiful day!

xx

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

These images could make me cry. The beauty of Paris...it's just so incredible. Why is it that one city can have so many beautiful boutiques and streets like this!

Ardna said...

oh, i have no idea why but your hot chocolate makes me dream about churros, deep fried sweet dough coated with hot chocolate...

it's raining cats and dogs in jakarta and i'm soo gonna make this drink as my evening drink!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

My kids will thank you for this :) Like that it uses whole milk too.

Debby said...

Laduree is my idea of heaven!! And now... I want hot chocolate!! xo

SoozNooz said...

Perfect- on my list!

Cornflake said...

Oh la la!! Tres bien! Looks divine!! xx

Kris Ngoei said...

Seems like a cup of hot chocolate to die for.... can't wait to have a sip..

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

Dixie Mom said...

I can't believe I didn't get this advice while I was in Paris!! I love hot chocolate! I think I may have to try this recipe.

Anonymous said...

The Kitchn blog was just talking about the great hot chocolate at Cafe Angelina in Paris. Even just the pic of the empty cup with a bit of chocolate looked delicious. I'm definitely gonna try out this receipe.

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

YUM!!!!!
I love it!
Frenchy

me :) said...

Yummmm! I need to make this. There is always an excuse to drink hot chocolate in cold, rainy Britain! Thanks for sharing xx

How To Be Perfect said...

So glad you tried the recipe, I utterly adored it. So looking forward to my next cup x

Biljana said...

I just blogged about my visit to Laduree in London recently. Their hot chocolate really impressed me. I'll have to try out your recipe soon as unfortunately Laduree is far far way from me. Greetings from Canada!