Monday, 1 December 2014

How to Make Real Hot Chocolate....


Finally winter has decided to arrive..... it has been probably the warmest Autumn I can remember and we have not had a single frost ..... until this week......

I'm ridiculously pleased with this picture of the frozen raspberries in our garden - please admire and appreciate ................

This weather calls to me - it makes me run out to the wood store to fill the log baskets, I have to have a fire light, even when the heating is on, the kitchen become cosy with the warm smell of baking and something in me tells me to make hot hearty stews, rich fruit cakes and, the best thing of all, creamy hot chocolate......

I doubt anyone would argue with me if I said that a good hot chocolate is the most cozy, comforting of drinks and, in my book if your going to make hot chocolate properly then, you might as well make it a 'fancy pants' one and go the whole hog with it......(whilst I write this post I'm drinking an instant hot choc and let me tell you it's not a patch on the real thing)

So if it's wintery with you now and your feeling in need of some cozy comfort here's what you need to do.......

Grab your biggest, most favourite mugs (everything tastes better in your favourite mug!) to use as measures.....

For two
One and a half  Mugs Milk - use whole milk - if you are looking for slimming you're in the wrong place....
Half a Mug Cream - I used double, extra thick.....
1 bar dark chocolate - your need a seriously good cocoa % I had 65%

Optional 1 whole red chilli, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean paste or chilli chocolate flakes


Measure your milk....


Add your cream. Stir together and warm gently through - if you want something a bit more than just hot chocolate now is the time to add it - if using a whole chilli slice it in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and add to the milk/cream mix - cinnamon sticks add whole - vanilla bean paste add a teaspoon and whisk in - if using chilli choc flakes add those when you add your chocolate bar although substitute about a quarter of the bar for the chocolate flakes......

Slowly bring it to the boil and, if you've added a red chilli or cinnamon stick, remove the pan from the heat and leave it for ten minutes or so so that the flavours can mingle with the creamy milk....

Whilst this is happening break your chocolate bar into chunks.....




Remove the chilli or cinnamon and return the pan back to the heat, add the chocolate and gently stir with a wooden spoon until it all has melted and come together nicely.... if you want it a bit sweeter nows the time to add some sugar.....


Now grab your favourite mug, pour it in and sit back in front of your burning log fire feeling all cozy and toasty warm......


I did drop a marshmallow into mine......


And, of course, Andrew went the whole hog ...........


This drink - with the chilli - is especially good and warming for a winters bonfire or outdoors party.......



or with salted caramel sauce on top of the cream and chocolate flakes.......


the choice is yours ............. add all if your wish ........ who am I to judge!!!

Have a great start to the week and don't forget it's time for your advent candles tonight......


Love Lizx