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Spicy Hot Chocolate

This is a good "love potion" as chocolate is a terrific aphrodisiac! This is the same recipe from the movie "Chocolat" starring Juliette Binoche & Johnny Depp.

1 2/3 c milk

1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 hot chile, halved and seeded

3 1/2 oz (70%) bittersweet chocolate

brown sugar to taste (optional)

whipped cream, chocolate curls, to serve

Place the milk in a saucepan, add the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and chile, and gently bring it to a shivering simmer for 1 minute. Grate the chocolate and whisk it in until it melts. If you must, then add brown sugar, but do try without it. Take off the heat and allow it to infuse for 10 minutes, then remove the vanilla bean, cinnamon and chile. Return to heat and bring gently back to a simmer. Serve in mugs with toppings (optional).

Taken from "My French Kitchen" by Joanne Harris & Fram Warde.

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