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Spiced Chocolate Soup

This recipe has been adapted from "Daniel's Dish: Entertaining at Home with a Four Star Chef" by Daniel Boulud.

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 7 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle 5 tablespoons of sugar into the pan, a little at a time; adding more as the sugar melts. When the sugar has melted and turned a deep golden brown, carefully add the butter, salt, and 1 cup of the heavy cream. Increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a bowl, refrigerate, covered, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer the chilled cream mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk until medium peaks form. Remove bowl from mixer, and refrigerate.

  3. Step 3

    Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring the milk and the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the crushed peppercorns, and remove from heat. Cover, and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes to infuse.

  4. Step 4

    Strain the milk mixture through a fine sieve into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Pour over the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a medium bowl.

  5. Step 5

    Ladle the soup into 4 warm bowls. Serve topped with a dollop of the caramel whipped cream.

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