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White Hot Chocolate

Yield 9 cups
Subtle scents of orange and nutmeg waft through the air when you sip this smooth hot chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped (we tested with Ghirardelli)
  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon orange zest, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Garnish: orange zest

How to Make It

  1. Melt white chocolate in top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water.

  2. Combine 1 cup whipping cream, milk, 2 tablespoons orange zest, and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring just to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add 1 cup milk mixture to white chocolate in double boiler, stirring well with a wire whisk. Pour white chocolate mixture into milk mixture in saucepan. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, stirring gently. Pour into mugs.

  3. Beat remaining 3/4 cup whipping cream, 1 teaspoon orange zest, vanilla, and nutmeg at medium speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spoon dollops of whipped cream onto hot chocolate; garnish, if desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000