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On my recent trip to France, while I was at the palace of Versailles, I picked up Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey. I just recently started reading it, and it is rather good, with lots of rich detail. One of the things frequently mentioned is the imbibing of chocolate as a morning drink. Curious, I did some research. Hot chocolate was made popular by Europe’s royals in the 17th and 18th centuries. The drink was particularly a favorite among the nobility of Versailles in France. King Louis XV, Madame Du Barry (the King’s mistress) and Marie-Antoinette (the King’s granddaughter-in-law) were all fond of drinking chocolate as part of their le petit-déjeuner. Unlike today’s hot chocolate, the drink that the French court enjoyed was made with dark, bitter chocolate, water and egg. Milk was not introduced into the process until later. Flavoring such as vanilla, sweet almond or orange blossom (Marie-Antoinette’s favourite) were also added. This particular chocolat chaud was made in the French style, with a few modifications. I used 70% dark chocolate, whole milk, an egg yolk and orange blossom extract. On the whole it was a delightful drink, if you like dark chocolate. For those who prefer something sweeter, I suggest adding sugar and a bit more milk. Recipe: 70 g of high-quality dark chocolate (60-80%) 200 ml of whole milk 1 egg yolk ½ teaspoon of orange blossom extract Heat the milk slowly over medium-low heat in a pan on the stove. Add the chocolate once the milk is warm. Continue to heat the milk, whisking in the chocolate until melted. Add the egg yolk and whisk until blended. Add the orange blossom extract. Continue to heat over medium-low until the mixture thickens slightly and is warm enough for your personal tastes. Do not let it come to a boil. Remove from heat, serve in espresso cups with a dollop of whipped cream. Makes 2 servings #eatablehistory #history #France #FrenchHistory #Versailles #Marie-Antoinette #BecomingMarieAntoinette #historicalfiction #books #book #bookstagramer #booksofig #iamreading #writerswhocook #recreatinghistory #historicalrecipe

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