Beverages

Hot Chocolate Recipe and Video

Here we have it folks, the video tutorial and recipe of my luvvlyy Hot Chocolate, a easy and simple guide made with real chocolate (no cocoa powder!). This is REAL Hot chocolate, not Drinking Chocolate the kind where you put a couple of teaspoons into a mug and some hot water…yucky!

Ever since I was a teenager, I always was on a ‘hunt’ for the most chocolatey hot chocolate, but nothing satisfied my findings, even coffee shops! Doesn’t matter how much whip cream they add on top, the chocolate underneath is just a watered down chocolate mix.

So after quite some research, I ended up making my own recipe through lots of research. This simple and yet easy recipe can be quickly made right in your kitchen that after you tasted it you won’t want to go back and buy cheap drinking chocolate!

 

The perfect relaxed dinner party dessert: after my husband and I moved into our own small cottage in the countryside, I decided to invite friends and family over for dinner but I didn’t have any flour to make cakes for dessert so I decided to make hot chocolate for everyone. And how lovely that turned out! As we sat on cushions on the floor (didn’t have a sofa then!) having a wonderful time as each one of us passed the whipped cream to keep topping up our hot chocolate with an extra jug of hot chocolate on the coffee table waiting for any refills. A serious contender to the normal cake desserts when having a dinner party! A lovely warm way to have fun and enjoy people’s company with a mug of hot chocolate and never ending whip cream. A definite must try out!

Here’s the video! <<< click me.

Ingredients:

Makes 1 cup

  • 30g of dark/plain chocolate, broken into pieces for easy melting
  • 2-3tsps. of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1tsp. coffee (up to you)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • If you have one, milk frother/whizz

Method:

  1. Place milk in saucepan and put on MEDIUM heat. It is very important NOT to boil. If it boils, try a new batch as the hot chocolate won’t work if milk boils so make sure its on MEDIUM heat.
  2. While milk is warming go ahead and add your cinnamon stick now.
  3. Just as the milk begins to warm (you can usually test by placing your hand over the saucepan and feeling the warmth) add your chocolate and continually stir.
  4. Make sure you keep stirring to prevent the chocolate from sticking to the pan and for it all to dissolve.
  5. Once the chocolate has dissolved (the milk has changed colour to light brown), add your nutmeg, sugar, coffee and ground cinnamon and stir.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and turn off heat.
  7. Now with a milk frother/whizz, place it halfway into the pan and whizz away until nice and frothy!
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!
  9. Optional extra: squirt some whipped cream on top before serving.

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The History of Hot Chocolate – and the benefit’s also!

For my next video I will be showing you how to make a quick and easy hot chocolate, completely from scratch. That’s right, by using real chocolate!

Now some of you might know that I like to categorize each recipe/tutorial that I make into the county of origins, for instead the Japanese Ramen, will be under the Category of ‘Japan’.

The question is, where would hot chocolate go? So after some research, it still is a confusion. Some say its from Mexico, some say Spain or even France. This is Wikipedia’s verdict:

The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayas around 2,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.[2] The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World, and has undergone multiple changes since then.

Turns out to be from 2,000 year’s ago! And even more reason to make this drink especially with the cold UK winter months coming up. For this reason, hot chocolate will be under the Category of ‘General’ to state that this hot beverage can not be determined through one country and so with many other recipes alike so keep checking back on the ‘General’ category for interesting food facts and recipes, you don’t know what you might stumble upon!

Before I go off to start my tutorial video via YouTube, another interesting fact to pond about:

While hot chocolate is generally consumed for pleasure, there are several potential health benefits associated with drinking hot chocolate. A 2003 study from Cornell University found that cocoa contains large amounts of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.[23] Also, the Cocoa Bean has demonstrated evidence that it helps with digestion.[24] From the 16th to 19th centuries, hot chocolate was valued as a medicine as well as a drink.[8]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate

Stay tuned to make your very own with no fancy equipment!

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