Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is so much better than any premix stuff you will find in stores and it's so easy to make!

It's going to generously serve 2 people and takes about 10 min to make

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups milk of your choice
1 tablespoon malted milk powder
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
1 pinch cinnamon
50g quality dark chocolate

Method
Pour the milk into a pot and almost bring almost to the boil over a slow heat.
Meanwhile, grate the chocolate and mix together with all the other dry ingredients.
Once the milk is hot, whisk the dry ingredients in and leave it to start simmering, it should thicken up slightly.

If you want to take it that little bit further. My guilty pleasure is adding a shot of Bailey's...this is my favorite way to end the day!

 

As a chef, an important part of knowing how to make the best food is knowing why we are doing the things we do. If you are interested in knowing the reason behind anything in this recipe I have gone into a little bit of detail below.

  • Milk - we obviously need a liquid to make it drinkable and milk is so much creamier and indulgent than water.
  • Malted milk powder - this adds a depth of flavour 
  • Cornflour - gives us the slightly thick consistency, it doesn't affect the taste
  • Sugar - obviously give us sweetness
  • Quality cocoa powder - is a lot more intense than using chocolate so you don't need as much
  • Cinnamon - another twist in the flavour, you can remove it if you're not a fan
  • Quality dark chocolate - although we already have cocoa flavour from the powder, this will give us the creamy texture and taste we associate with chocolate
  • Bring milk almost to the boil over a slow heat - milk is easy to boil so just take your time
  • Grate chocolate - just helps it melt faster
  • Mix dry ingredients together - we need to add the cornflour with something so your drink doesn't go lumpy
  • Whisk together - again this helps to mix everything together quickly and prevents lumps
  • Leave it to simmer - cornflour needs to simmer slightly to be activated and thicken slightly

 

If you have tried this I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

 

Enjoy! 


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