With the UK currently being battered by the tail end of the storm that dumped a whole load of snow on the east coast of the USA (I’m not jealous. Nope, not at all), a delicious cup of warming hot chocolate is definitely in order.
I have spent quite a bit of time searching for a perfect hot chocolate recipe that was also simple. And quick. That is probably more important than simple. Although now I think about it in order to be quick it needs to be simple. Anyway . . .
I have tried many combinations, varying the milk used, the hot chocolate powder and / or chocolate granules to find that holy grail of liquid chocolate perfection.
And I think I may have finally done it.
Although this is only makes a small amount, it packs a mighty chocolate hit, which is ultimately what I was after. Smooth, chocolatey, coats your lips in a sinful way, what more could you ask for?
I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you prefer or if you want to be a true purist then you can use water. I didn’t add any sweetener to mine as I love my chocolate rich and dark, but go ahead and add – no more than – a teaspoon of sugar if you wish.
I finished mine with a teaspoon of double cream and a grating of fresh nutmeg. Both of these are optional, but I would recommend the cream. It makes the perfect finishing touch.
What isn’t optional is the simmering of the mixture. It is what takes it from mediocre watery to opulent creaminess.
So if you are currently suffering with atrocious weather; I prescribe a day on the sofa with a duvet, a mountain of movies and a cup or two of this hot chocolate. Bliss.
Simple Hot Chocolate
- 20g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, chopped
- 100ml milk of your choice, or water
- 1 tsp sugar max., optional
- 1 tsp double cream, to serve
- Grating of fresh nutmeg, optional
- Place the chocolate and the milk (or water) into a small pan.
- Over a medium to low heat bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally to help the chocolate melt.
- Once the chocolate has melted simmer for 5 minutes or so, until the mixture has thickened a little.
- Pour into a cup and swirl over the cream and grate over the nutmeg, if using.
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