Who doesn’t like Hot Chocolate and no, we are not talking about the 1970s British soul band!
Do you scoop a few spoonfuls out of a tin and add to hot milk?
Do you add marshmallows and cream? Or do you have a hot chocolate recipe handed down through the family?
Cold winter days are setting in and it’s time to get the hot chocolate out to warm up after an outing especially if we get any snow in the coming weeks! And there’s something really festive about gathering the family together on Christmas Day after a brisk walk and wrapping chilled hands around a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
There are lots of products on the supermarket shelves offering us the chance to make a quick hot chocolate but how difficult can it be to make the beverage from scratch? The answer is – it’s not difficult at all!
There is a mountain of hot chocolate recipes available and you’re probably just going to have to work your way through a few until you find one that you really love – sorry about that!
Dark chocolate seems to be the key to all the top hot chocolate recipes so if you’re planning to make a few mugs over the festivities it will be a good idea to stock up.
Making hot chocolate from scratch takes just a few minutes but it is so much more decadent than the powdered version.
We’ve picked Jamie Oliver’s Epic Hot Chocolate for you here just because it adds a hint of cinnamon – perfect for this time of year – and it will make enough for eight people so it’s great if you’ve got the family round.
Two pints of semi-skimmed milk
2 tbsp of Horlicks
2 tbsp cornflour
3 tbsp of icing sugar
4 tbsp quality organic cocoa
100g of good quality dark chocolate, finely grated
1 pinch of ground cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring it almost to the boil over a medium heat.Now add all the chocolate mix ingredients to a large jar and give it a good shake to combine. We stirred it together in a bowl to combine.
You need around 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk. Spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and leave it to bubble away for a few minutes before serving so the chocolate is melted into the milk. Expect it to be thick and gorgeous!
Have you got a hot chocolate recipe that you swear by? If you have please share it with us.