Viennese Hot Chocolate

Here's is a typical Austrian hot chocolate recipe. It is only for true chocolate lovers, and should be made with high-quality chocolate. We served it at a Christmas Eve party, but it would work for any special occasion.
Viennese Hot Chocolate
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate or a mix of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate
1-1/4 cups milk
1 egg yolk
4 Tb. sugar, or more to taste

Melt the chocolate into the milk and stir until combined. You can use a microwave to melt the chocolate and milk and then blend it in a blender for this step. Put a little bit of the warm chocolate mixture into a container with the egg yolk and stir to temper the egg. Stir the egg-chocolate mixture back into the chocolate and simmer, stirring constantly until it is frothy. (The egg yolk cooks at this point, but you don't want the hot chocolate to boil because everything will separate out.) If you have a hard time mixing everything, pour the chocolate into a blender and blend it well, being careful that the hot liquid doesn't explode from the blender. Serve in tiny cups with whipped cream. About 4 oz. is more than enough for one person. Makes about 4 servings.


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