Craving Meets Comfort: A Recipe for Chocolate Soup

February 14, 2015 2:13 AM

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Craving Meets Comfort: A Recipe for Chocolate Soup

REAL-LIFE DESSERTS don’t always live up to the ones we dream about. I learned this a few years ago, after a chance encounter with the book “Cooking in Marseille” by Daniel Young. Flipping through it, I came to a recipe for something called chocolate soup. It stopped me short. Chocolate soup? Could anything sound more comforting and thrilling—at the same time—than this? But before I could cook up a batch, the book somehow got buried or was borrowed, or perhaps I wisely hid it from myself. The idea of chocolate soup, however, stayed with me.

With an eye toward Valentine’s Day, I recently bought a new copy and made the recipe. It was delicious, but more of a molten cake than a soup—and a soup was what my heart had become set on. My own experiments yielded results either too similar to hot chocolate or too solid to serve as soup. So I cal...

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