As may have guessed from some of my earlier posts, I am not an avid coffee or tea drinker – partial to the odd cup of green tea, but that is about it (I know, I am a freak of the nation!). So on a chilly day when friends pile into a cafe for a hot drink, I sometimes opt for a hot chocolate.
My experience is that in the majority of places hot chocolates are overly milky, not very chocolatey drinks. There was however, a small French chocolate shop just off the high street in my hometown that sold little shots of decadent hot chocolate that were just heavenly. It was so rich, the chocolate warmed you through from head to toe just like it does for Harry Potter after an encounter with Dementors. Ahhhhh.
I created my own decadent hot chocolate recipe, and I love to drink this on a celebratory day – birthdays, anniversaries…or just because. Any lazy mornings when I have time really! You don’t need to serve this in large mugs as it is quite rich, I usually serve it in an espresso cup or small mug.
For a quick version I skip the cream, melt the chocolate in the microwave, heat a mug of milk in the microwave and whisk the two together in the bowl of melted chocolate. Then add a little sugar to taste and serve. The milk does seem to cool very quickly when it is microwaved so it is best served asap.
I use 70%+ cocoa dark chocolate for my recipe as I love the slightly bitter flavour it brings, and you can always sweeten with a little sugar. Feel free to add to the recipe by garnishing your drink with a fine grating of nutmeg or cinnamon for a festive hot chocolate, marshmallows for those with a sweet tooth or even a swirl of whipped cream sprinkled with edible glitter! (Too far…?)
If you liked this you may also like Ginger Lemon Honey Water Hot.
- 35g Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
- 125ml Milk (whole or semi skimmed)
- 25ml Single cream
- A little granulated sugar
- Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium heatproof bowl. Either microwave slowly on a low power setting (watch it because it when it burns it will burn fast!) or place over a saucepan of simmering water (the bowl should not touch the water) and gently heat.
- Meanwhile pour the milk and cream into a small saucepan and place over a low heat.
- Once the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and pour over the hot cream and milk.
- Whisk the mixture until well combined and frothy (don't over do it!). Taste and add sugar as preferred.
- Pour into cups and enjoy straightaway.