To say that Diana Yen knows her way around the kitchen is an understatement. As the founder of The Jewels of New York, she has assembled a highly talented collective of chefs who can do more than just cook. She shared her favorite spiced hot chocolate recipe with Lonny readers.
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Spanish Spiced Hot ChocolateServes 6There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s
hot chocolate. This recipe is for those who want to satisfy their dark-chocolate cravings with a rich, sophisticated, and sensual brew—spiked with cinnamon and pepper! Choose a dear friend, a couple of brioche, and dream of warmer climates.
-- 2 cups whole milk
-- ½ teaspoon cornstarch
-- ¼ cup sugar
-- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
-- pinch of cayenne pepper
-- pinch of salt
-- 4 ounces dark chocolate (70%), chopped
Place 1 cup of the milk in a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over a medium-low flame, heat the remaining milk. Add the sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and chocolate, whisking until melted. Add the cornstarch-milk mixture and stir until thickened, about 3-5 minutes. (It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.) Then serve.