hot chocolate three-ways ;)
I think I'm going on strike today. I've just finished cleaning the house, the windows are open, there is a chill in the air & to be quite honest, I don't think I'm going to get out of my PJs. It's all about oversized hoodies & a good pair of thick slipper socks.
I'm not going on strike completely though, just a little. There's still hot chocolate. It kind of feels like the right day for hot chocolate though. It kind of feels like the right day for a fire-place too. Maybe a few movies.
I want to make a point here before I share the recipe:
I absolutely, 100%, did not take the easy way on this one. In facet, I made my life somewhat complicated.... & a little expensive too since the snob in me insisted on buying valrhona chocolate.
Even though I chose the more complicated way, it's because I was trying to make it completely amazing. Sure, hot chocolate can be easy. You can buy a pre-made pack of powder, pour it into hot water & you're done. Or you can turn it into a science like I attempted to do, and gain a result where that every sip is rich, creamy, heavenly bliss. There's always a choice.
...I'm having four, full, hot cups. There is a chocolate & orange hot chocolate. There is a cinnamon & chocolate version. There's one with fresh chilli in it... & another with five-spice.
Then, there is me on the couch, in the previously mentioned hoodie, enjoying every sip. Going to end up putting myself in a hot-chocolate coma.
Ingredients: serves 4 - 700 ml milk - 100 ml heavy cream - 60g milk chocolate - 100g dark chocolate 70% - 2 tbs cocoa powder - 2 tbs light brown sugar - 1 vanilla pod - either the peel of half an orange - or 1 tsp five spice mix - or 1 cinnamon stick - or 1 tsp chili extract
Directions: 1. add all the ingredients & make sure to sift in the cocoa otherwise it will remain lumpy (choosing one of the three flavoring suggestions, or one of your own. If you chose the 5 spice powder, that will need to be sifted too) to a pot on low heat. Stir regularly in the beginning until the chocolate has melted, then you can lessen the frequency. 2. keep the pot on low heat for at least 15 minutes to allow for the flavors to really infuse. 3. turn the heat up to medium until nice & hot, stirring occasionally. Remove just before it boils and serve. 4. add a dollop of freshly whipped cream if desired.
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