Who doesn't like hot chocolate, right? It's amazing, and I love it! But it doesn't love me so much. I'm a bit of a hot chocolate snob, I only like the rich and creamy stuff, but when I drink it I feel a little bit ill from all the sugar and cream - not that I ever let that stop me! It did make me think though, can I create a hot chocolate recipe that will give me all that rich deliciousness without the over-indulgence hangover? I can and I did. So Below are my two recipes for hot chocolate, the rich and delicious creamy one, and the rich and delicious creamy one that doesn't leave you feeling like you've overdone it. With both of these recipes, the measurements can be varied depending on your taste but each one makes one mug of hot chocolate...
Everyday Hot Chocolate
1 :: tablespoon of dark hot chocolate, I like Dorste.
2 :: tablespoons of light hot chocolate mix, I like Clipper.
3 :: half a teaspoon of (secret ingredient time!) - custard powder!
Firstly, mix together the two chocolate powders. Then, warm a mug-full of milk on the stove and slowly add the chocolate - adding it through a small sieve can be a helpful lump avoiding tactic. Once it's all mixed it, make sure your heat is on low, then add the custard powder. Be patient here because it can take a while! Slowly stir your hot chocolate until it starts to thicken a little. When it's nice and creamy looking, pour into the mug and enjoy!
For those of you out there who hate custard, I promise can't taste the custard at all and nor does the consistency resemble custard, it's only used as a thickening agent.
Special Occasion Hot Chocolate
7 :: squares of semi-sweet dark chocolate, the fancier the better!
1/3 :: cup of double cream
1 and 1/2 :: cup of full fat milk
Take an oven proof glass bowl and place it on a slowly simmering saucepan full of water. As the bowl heats up, add your squares of chocolate and keep stirring until they melt. Once melted, add your cream and your milk slowly, stirring as you go until the chocolate, milk and cream are all blended into utter deliciousness.
Pour into a mug and drink up quickly before it gets too cool! I adapted this recipe from a Martha Stewart icing recipe, so believe me when I say it is SUPER rich.