Question for you: what’s more comforting than a big chunk of chocolate?
Did I hear you say, “Nothing”?
Let me present you with a big mug of silky smooth, creamy hot chocolate, and then I’ll ask you again…
Ok, so now let’s try that question again: What’s more comforting than a big chunk of chocolate?
Did I hear you say, “A big mug of hot chocolate”?
You are correct! Well done! 😀
As far as I’m concerned, for true comfort, you can’t beat the hug in a mug that is hot chocolate. But it has to be real hot chocolate – creamy, thick and luxurious – watery, instant stuff just doesn’t cut it. And as for low calorie hot chocolate…well that’s just all kinds of wrong!
This is real hot chocolate – as velvety smooth as a kitten’s ear, delicious enough to make you purr.
500ml full fat milk (well, in for a penny…)
150ml double cream
75g dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate
A pinch of salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod
First, let’s get your cream topping ready…
Split the vanilla pod and scrape out seeds with the tip of a sharp knife. Place seeds and pod into a small pan together with the cream, cinnamon and cloves. Warm, over a lowish heat, until it just starts to bubble at the edges. Turn off heat, put a lid on the pan and leave for 30 mins or so.
When cool, pour into a bowl , cover and chill in the fridge.
When it’s thoroughly chilled, pour the cream through a sieve, discarding cinnamon, vanilla pod and cloves, then whip it ’til it’s fluffy.
Or just use one of those super cool pressurised can numbers if you have one (oh the envy!)
Now on with the hot chocolate…
Finely chop your chocolate and place in a pan together with the milk and a pinch of salt.
Warm gently, stirring all the time, until the chocolate has melted – whisk to blend and froth.
Pour into favourite mugs. If you want to be over the top decadent (who doesn’t?), now is the time to stir in a shot of Bailey’s…or brandy…or whatever else takes your fancy.
Pipe, spoon or squirt the whipped cream onto the top.
Grab yourself some cake, and settle back to slurp, nibble and relax. I recommend also watching something old fashioned and comfortable on the TV…Columbo’s always a good bet.
Just one more thing…