Thursday, 10 November 2016

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

I have no idea if they really do make this in Mexico!

I know they have amazing chocolate there and I know they have chillies, so it seems only natural to me that they would combine the two! So hence I call my spicy homemade hot chocolate - Mexican - just to differentiate form our normal hot chocolate.
For example if I jump off the sofa and shout 'anyone for a hot chocolate' they all know it's going to plain hot chocolate, but if I jump of the sofa and shout 'anyone for a Mexican hot chocolate' they all know it's going to be spicy - usually very spicy............. blimey I just read that back - think it's time for a lie down!

Anyway here's my recipe for a spicy, warming, just-the-thing-to-have-by-a-log-fire, hot chocolate......

Recipe enough for two mugs

400ml full fat milk
rind of half an orange
1 cinnamon stick
1 dried chilli
3 dried whole cloves
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar - add more or reduce to fit you level of sweetness
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
cream to finish

Pour the milk into a pan and add the orange rind, the cinnamon stick, the chilli and cloves. Place over a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil. Remove from heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes for the flavours to infuse into the milk.

 Add the cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla. Return to the heat and stir until the chocolate and the sugar has melted into the milk. Do not allow to boil, just bring to a gentle simmer.

When it's all piping hot strain to remove the orange rind, chilli, cloves etc.

Pour into mugs, add cream, marshmallows, sprinkles etc and sip staring into a log fire......

Have a lovely day
Love Lizx