We are certainly in the depths of winter here and the fog didn’t lifted all day, therefore I declared that hot chocolate was in order. Â I must say this is a heart warming recipe and certainly acts as a pick-me-up on a cold, wet and grey day. Â I suggest you use the best quality cocoa and chocolate that you can afford, as that is what makes a hot chocolate really good. Â Scooping out some melted chocolate from the bottom of your cup, divine.
If you aren’t a fan of chilli, you don’t need to add it, although the amount I add is barely detectable. Â As for the spices, you can add your favourite if you want. Â My choice is merely a serving suggestion. Â I grate nutmeg from the whole nut. Â It has a stronger aroma and flavour than the powdered form.
Winter Warmer Hot Chocolate
Ingredients to serve 4:
4 cups (1 litre) soy milk
8-10 tsp good quality cocoa (I use Green & Blacks 70% cocoa)
4 tsp honey
1/4 tsp of mixed spice
1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
small pinch of chilli powder
8 pieces of good quality milk or dark chocolate (I use Green & Blacks)
Marshmallows to taste
With a little of the milk, make a paste with the cocoa (to avoid lumps), then add it to a pot with the rest of the milk, cocoa, honey and spices and heat until very warm, but not boiling. Â Add a couple of pieces of good quality chocolate to the bottom of each cup and pour over hot chocolate. Â Add marshmallows if desired.
You can use cow’s milk in lieu of soy.
Add your own favourite spices.
Substitute the honey for maple syrup, agave syrup or sugar if desired.
Scoop, stir and sip your way to pure indulgence. Â Enjoy! Â Jacinta x