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Hot Chocolate with Salted Whipped Mascarpone

Hot Chocolate with Salted Whipped Mascarpone

A quite "romantic" hot chocolate for two.

Ingredients

Salted Whipped Mascarpone

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) Wisconsin mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Flaky sea salt

Hot Chocolate

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon instant coffee, to taste
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2-4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Salted Whipped Mascarpone: Add mascarpone and heavy cream to a mixing bowl. With electric mixer, beat on high speed until soft peaks form.
  2. Beat in honey, vanilla and salt until just combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Hot Chocolate: In small bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, instant coffee and salt. Heat large saucepan over medium heat. Add milk and heavy cream. Bring to simmer, stirring every few minutes. Sprinkle dry chocolate mixture over hot milk, turning heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), then whisk in chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped mascarpone.

Yield: 2 servings

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin


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