I served these fabulous bowls of pure chocolate indulgence at a dinner with friends a couple of weeks ago. My dear friend Miss K pleaded with me to blog the recipe and who am I to deny anyone some sweet chocolate bliss? So, here it is, my warm chocolate soup recipe. Be sure to check the end of the post as well for a warm cosy giveaway!
Many years ago, I watched a television program about Swedish food. I think that show may well have been the catalyst for my current obsession with all things Scandinavian. One scene in particular has always stuck in my mind. The host visited a cafe which served all manner of heavenly chocolate concoctions, but the one that made my jaw drop, was chocolate soup. I’ll say that again, just to help it sink in. Chocolate Soup! Willy Wonka himself could not have dreamed up such a treat. My world was changed forever.
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It wasn’t until I began searching for a recipe for this manna from Heaven that I learned that Chocolate Soup is in fact a thing. A big thing. There are countless recipes out there. The ones I looked at though, all seemed very heavy and rich. I decided that if I was going to indulge in a bowl full of chocolate, then I wanted to keep it fairly pure, not over worked with too many ingredients.
So I pulled together some good quality ingredients that pair well with chocolate – vanilla, cinnamon, cream, milk and sugar. This is a classic family of flavours, and it would be hard to go wrong here, but it still took me a few trial runs to find the right balance.
Always use the best quality chocolate that you can. I love using Whittaker’s 70% dark Ghana. It’s the only chocolate that I’ve found with an upmarket taste for a down market price, and it’s readily available at my local supermarket so I don’t need to visit a specialty store to buy it. It’s seriously good stuff. Get on it.
I like to use a vanilla bean when I’m making something as special as chocolate soup but really, vanilla essence is perfectly fine if that’s what you have in the pantry.
One thing I wouldn’t skimp on for this recipe, is the cinnamon sticks. Dropping a cinnamon stick into the mixture will infuse the soup with a delicate flavour and it will make all the difference to the end result. Ground cinnamon would be just too strong. You want the cinnamon to whisper sweet nothings in your mouth, not scream at you. If you don’t have any cinnamon sticks, then just omit the cinnamon altogether.
We tend to enjoy our chocolate soup pure and simple (see my full recipe at the end of the post) but for a twist you could try steeping a chilli in the soup while cooking and remove it before serving. Now that would warm you up on a cold winter’s night! Even a few drops of peppermint essence could be fun.
I hope you enjoy this chocolate soup recipe and may your dessert end with happy chocolatey smiles!
My chocolate soup is one of our favourite ways to warm up on a cold winter’s evening – and we’ve had many of those lately. (Cold evenings, not bowls of chocolate soup!) What could be more wonderful than cuddling under a warm throw rug, slurping chocolate soup and reading a good book?
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The throw that Little Guy is snuggled under looks pretty comfy, doesn’t it? You want to know a secret? It’s not just any old throw. It’s an ELECTRIC throw! Oh yes it is!
The lovely people at Origin Energy sent us a gorgeous Sunbeam Heated Throw and it is AH-mazing. I feel the cold badly – I wear jumpers in the height of Summer – so I have pretty much lived under this thing for the past few weeks. Really, they had me at “heated” but as if that wasn’t enough, this baby features:
* 9 different heat settings
* super fast heat up (it’s warm as toast in 10 minutes flat)
* the plushest, softest fabric you’ve ever laid your hands on
* it’s machine washable AND you can tumble dry it (seriously!)
So you want to get your hands on one of these babies, don’t you? Well thanks to Origin Energy and Sunbeam, I have THREE to give away, worth $79.95 each.
To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me your favourite warming winter dessert. Easy right? Good luck!
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Now, I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Here’s the recipe for my extra special, warm and delicious, Chocolate Soup!
Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves: 4
250 gm good quality dark (70%) chocolate
300 ml pouring cream
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla pod
marshmallows and extra chocolate (greated) for garnish (optional)
Add the milk, cream and cinnamon stick to a heavy based saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into the milk mixture. Stirring constantly, bring to a simmer over a low heat.
Add the chocolate and stir until melted and mixed through. Continue stirring over a low heat until the soup thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and pour into serving bowls. Garnish with grated chocolate and marshmallows.
Tip: If your soup is too thin, add a little cornflour. If it is too thick, add more milk. You may also like to adjust the quantity of sugar according to your own taste. Enjoy!