Rich Hot Chocolate!
Hot drinking chocolate is very easy to make at home. The only thing you really need is premium quality dark chocolate – or if you prefer it a little sweeter, semisweet dark chocolate – water, milk and/or cream, a small saucepan and a couple of minutes of your time!
Ingredients for two generous servings.
100g dark chocolate (43% –70% cocoa)
¼ -½ cup water
Chop up chocolate and add to water in a small saucepan or double boiler. Over low heat, melt chocolate slowly and whisk until you have a smooth consistency.
Warm milk separately and stir into chocolate, whisking continuously. I normally use a hand blender for this as it gives me a really frothy and creamy chocolate beverage.
Remove hot chocolate drink from stove. Never allow it to boil!
For those of you who have a cappuccino machine use it to warm up the milk and make a nice froth which you can then whisk into the melted chocolate. It makes for a nice presentation, especially when dusted with a bit of cocoa powder
Should you want a truly rich and dense chocolate drink, use milk and cream and no water
Don’t forget that the taste of your drink will depend on the chocolate you are using. Here in Greece I normally use Pavlidis or Ion brands (43% - 70 % cocoa) which will give you a mellow tasting chocolate drink that I truly love!
For an extra rich treat with a Nordic touch, add a dollop of sweetened whipped cream just before serving, dusted with cocoa powder or a bit of cinnamon
©KaritasM – December 2016