Thursday 1 January 2015

Hot Chocolate from the Slopes

Alas, Christmas has been and gone, but before I pack up the fairy lights and head into a slightly healthier 2015 (I’ve still lots of leftover Christmas treats to get though first though!) I have one more indulgent recipe. This time for thick, scrumptious, hot chocolate. Perfect for this wet and windy New Year’s Day. Happy New Year by the way!

I’ve always wanted to replicate the delicious hot chocolate I used to drink on our ski holidays of bygone days. It was so rich and dense you almost needed a spoon to drink it! And having tested quite a few recipes, this is the one that - after one sip - brings me back to snow capped mountains, frosted evergreens, and the toasty bars we skied to after our exhilarating day on the slopes.

Arinsal, Pas de la Casa, Livigno, Sol & St Johann with the gang. Hey Ya!

If you’re soon off on a ski holiday I’m very jealous - in the nicest possible way! We’ll hopefully be joining you as soon as our littlest can master the snow park! In the meantime, I’ll reminisce with a cup of this - an ‘epic’ hot chocolate recipe from Jamie Oliver…

This will make enough for four people.

1 litre of milk

4 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp Horlicks

2 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp icing sugar

100g milk chocolate (or dark chocolate), finely grated

All you need to do is mix everything together really well in a large bowl.

The only hard part is grating the chocolate, it requires a little bit of elbow grease, but luckily I had a kitchen helper for that. He drives a hard bargain though, and needed to be paid in chocolate squares for his help. It was worth it!

When everything is combined pop the mixture into a jar.

Next heat the milk until it’s just coming up to a boil. Add about 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the milk and whisk on a medium/high heat for a few minutes until its wonderfully thick and molten, it will get even thicker as it cools slightly.

It’s perfect for dipping. We love glazed, salted pretzels, but feel free to dip whatever you like!

You could also add some Captain Morgan Spiced Rum for a grown up hot chocolate, or a drop of Cointreau for a chocolate orange kick - I must say though, I like it just as it is.

Here’s to a fantastic 2015!


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