The Nun's Revenge

No blasphemy here. That is honestly the name of the drink. This Italian hot chocolate is so delicious and indulgent, it is assumed it can't be chaste! In fact the author has compared drinking it to a religious experience :-)

I really didn't need further encouragement but as luck would have it, Padmaja's fabulous Fairtrade Goodie Bag arrived in the mail (thank you dear!). Nestled between the coffee and tea was a gorgeous bittersweet chocolate. Sign from above!


(adapted from 'Hot Chocolate: 50 heavenly Cups of Comfort')
(serves 2-3)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half*
1 tsp arrowroot
1 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)
2 ounces fairtrade bittersweet chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), chopped
2 to 4 strips orange zest for garnish

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the half-and-half with the arrowroot, whisking until smooth.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. When the half-and-half begins to bubble around the edges, whisk in the sugar. Whisk in the arrowroot mixture until the half-and-half thickens slightly, usually less than a minute.

Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the chocolate until smooth. Pour into cups, top each with a piece of orange zest, and serve immediately.


* Revenge is best served... cold with low fat substitutes. So feel free to use your choice of milk. The arrowroot makes the drink creamy anyway.
* Use orange flavored liqueur or orange extract if you prefer.
* Beer is usually the drink of choice on game nights but I am sending this over to Mansi anyway for her Game Night Party event.
* Don't forget to Click liquids for January.



Blogger Suganya said...

The chocolate bar is so inviting. Leftovers (if there is any) can be served cold, I guess, as mousse. Sounds great, Ashwini.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Rajesh &Shankari said...

Sent you an email.Pls check & let me know

8:45 PM  
Blogger Rajitha said...

gawd! u roped me in with the name and boy did i drool reading the recipe...yummers!!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Red Chillies said...

Wow, this is a new idea for me in terms of hot chocolate. What a comforting drink for winters as well!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi ashwini...beautiful all the recipes make me want to grab them and enjoy them....wonderful recipes and the pictures are heavenly...

11:43 PM  
Blogger TheCooker said...

I'll take this over beer any day.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Richa said...

slurrrrrp :)
do u think cornstarch will work in lieu of arrowroot? don't hv it in stock & soooo want to make this :)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Suganya - it tastes excellent as mousse too.

Shankari - will do

Rajitha - Ha.. the name is darn funny isnt it?

RC - It is quite comforting. And very filling. You can't gulp it down.

Supriya - Thanks for the lovely words. Let me know if you try any recipes.

TC - A girl after my own heart :-)

Richa - Cornstarch would work but I think it would compromise the taste. Omit it instead. Btw arrowroot can be used in a lot of Indian mithai too.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Finla said...

Love them. It is so good. Who can resist something like this yumm

10:28 AM  
Blogger Richa said...

will omit it in that case. will be using the pound+ choc :)
btw what is it used for, in mithai? thickner? i've only used it as a coating while deep frying & i think it can be used during fasting.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Richa - most people prefer arrowroot over cornstarch in Chinese cooking too. In Indian mithai it is used mostly to add creaminess. Malpuas, Kheer, Falooda etc. My aunt makes an arrowroot pudding too (during fasts).

11:25 AM  
Blogger Padmaja said...

Hey ashwini!!
It looks so delicious!! and great to hear that you loved those goodies flown all the way from UK!!
Thank you!!

11:37 AM  
Blogger remya said...

its soooo invitating....really brillant idea....

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mansi said...

oh wow!! that's simply heavenly, esp with your dreamy blue background:)

1:15 PM  
Blogger AnuZi said...

Ok I gotta ask do you have such wonderful you actually have a wall that color in your home? All you food photography is amazing!! Tu migele inspiration gho :o)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Given that this is "The Nun's Revenge", "heavenly" is the only word can describe the taste :)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Anuzi - Haav tugele inspiration? Ashe ulai naka go. I am learning myself. And believe me its a slow process.
I don't have a blue wall, though I wouldnt mind it. The color is lovely no? It is just a blue paper I placed behind the dish to contrast the dark colors of the chocolate.

Cynthia - ha! Heavenly it certainly is :-)

2:46 PM  
Blogger DK said...


5:54 PM  
Blogger Shella said...

I have no words to say, but am out of my mind tooo just imagining what it must have tasted. Thick sinfully chocolatey n with a hint of organge.....gosh ...

5:27 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

DK - you said it :-)

Shella - yes. I refrigerated a small portion and later had to eat it out of a spoon!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Richa said...

hey Ashwini, i tried this & true to ur words it is delicious & indulgent! u putting me on the wrong path w/ all this
thanks sweetie!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Richa, this is one sin forgiven to bloggers and foodies like us :-)
I am so glad I was responsible for the 'conversion'!!! Glad you liked it.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it called the NUN'S Revenge?

12:50 PM  
Anonymous hcg pellets said...

Great post! Chocolate is delish!

9:43 AM  

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