There’s nothing quite like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up in the cold of winter. There’s a certain decadence to it, and I like mine served alongside anything baked. And that’s when it hit me. Maybe I can have the best of both worlds in one cup.
Norwegian baking and cardamom go together like bricks and mortar. Sugar & cream. Salt & pepper. Knives & forks…. I digress…. But in all honesty, the two are concurrent with each another. Where there is boller (buns), there is cardamom. And when you enter into any bakery in Norway, you will be welcomed in by that sweet, aromatic scent.
And so I thought, if I can’t have my boller and my hot chocolate, why can’t I have my hot chocolate inspired by boller. A creamy, subtly rich & flavorful cup of cocoa which will satisfy all on its own. So here it is, one of my favorite versions to warm up any cold winter’s day or night.
Cardamom Hot Chocolate (Varm Sjokolade med Kardemomme)
(Makes 4 servings)
- 4 cups (1 litre) whole milk
- 16 green cardamom pods, gently crushed
- 2 ounces (56 g) dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, add the milk and crushed cardamom pods. Over medium heat, slowly warm the milk until it reaches its boiling point, about 10-15min, whisking occasionally. Scoop out the cardamom pods and take off the heat.
Add in the chopped chocolate pieces and vanilla to the hot milk. Stir until blended.
Top with whipped cream, ground cardamom & shaved chocolate. Serve immediately.
Try serving this along with Norwegian Snipp cookies for a dunk-able treat.