Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chocolate Soup

Ingredients:
• 4 1/2 cups whole milk

• 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
• 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
• 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• 5 tablespoons cornstarch 
• 5 tablespoons cold water
• Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

How to make the soup:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla bean. Bring the mixture almost to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain and return to the pan. (Rinse and dry the vanilla bean and save it for another use.)

Put the pan on low heat, add the chocolate, and whisk until the chocolate melts. Combine the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Add the slurry a little at a time, whisking constantly, until the soup is thick and smooth. You will know it is ready when the bubbles are gone and the chocolate has thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Pour the soup into bowls and garnish with mint leaves.

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