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Sunday Food: Chocolate Soup

 

Chocolate soup for your valentine

(Picture courtesy of Sara AlMutawa at flickr.com.)

 It’s not something I really expected, but thinking about Valentine’s Day coming up,  and the soup theme we’ve been enjoying this winter, I googled and found a lot of recipes that met all our expectations for warm ways to share some heart-felt pots of fun.

Chocolate soup is suggested as the happy ending to your dinner/main meal on February 14th, and that does seem like a good way to place it.

Ingredients

For the soup:
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of half-and-half
1/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or 6 ounces bar chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

For the topping
2 ounces low-fat cream cheese
3 heaping tablespoons marshmallow creme

Directions

For the soup:
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the milk, half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Bring the mixture to a bubble.
2. Reduce heat to low and add the chocolate.
3. Let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until the chocolate starts to melt.
4. Combine the cornstarch and water with a fork or small whisk.
5. Add this mixture a little at a time, whisking constantly until the soup is thick and smooth. You’ll know it’s ready when the bubbles are gone and the chocolate has thickened; this takes about 5 to 7 minutes.
6. Carefully pour into two bowls and garnish.

For the topping:
1. Microwave the cream cheese at 10-second intervals or until it can be stirred smooth.
2. Add marshmallow creme to the cream cheese and mix well.
3. Dollop on top of soup, or transfer mixture to a pastry bag and pipe design.

My all time favorite Valentine is still a card reading;  “Five pounds of chocolate has been eaten in your honor”.   I’m working on doing it without getting awfully sick.

Sip away, and hope your day is full of lovely things.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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