Cold weather in Paris is no reason to get the blues, not when you have so many "cold weather delights" to try while you are here. One of my favorites is a Chocolat Viennois. I've made it a mini-mission to test out as many as I can. What is a Chocolat Viennois? It is a wonderful hot chocolate drink topped with loads of whipped cream and sometimes sprinkled with cacao.
Take yourself over to one of the many fabulous cafes to test them out. Or if you are staying in one of our apartments, make your own with this great recipe (nothing simpler and you can't do this in a hotel now can you?
David Lebovitz shares his Paris hot chocolate address book with us here: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2006/10/paris-hot-choco-1/
One surprising location where I found a truly delicious chocolat was at the Brasserie Le Notre Dame at 2 place du Petit Pont, just steps from Notre Dame.
If you want to try your hand at making a chocolat viennois, here is a lovely recipe:
Preparation : 10 min cooking time : 5 min
Ingredients (for 4 people) :
- 200 g Dessert chocolate (chocolat patissier)
- 1 liter of milk
- 10 cl from cream (crème liquide)
- 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar
Melt the chocolate with 2 tablespoons of milk in a pot over low heat.
Continuously stir while incorporating the rest of the milk, then let is heat up stirring from time to time.
In the meantime you can prepare your whipped cream (that's right home-made but sure you can buy the canned stuff), in a cold bowl (put it in the freezer for a few minutes), whip your cream, then incorporate the powdered sugar.
Pour the hot chocolate into cups and top with the whipped cream.
Little tip: Top the hot chocolate with the whipped cream only when you are ready to serve it otherwise it will melt away.