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Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

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It took a little while but winter is definitely here on the East Coast of the United States. The ground is frozen, the trees are bare, there isn't enough moisturizer in the world to keep my hands from being painfully dry and everything just looks grey and lifeless.

While I've never been a huge fan of the freezing cold temperatures winter brings, there are definitely one or two things that make this brutal season more bearable; roaring fires, snugly scarves and hats, warming comfort food, snowfall and hot chocolate to name but a few : )

Looking ahead at the weekend's weather forecast, it seems as though Washington D.C. is finally going to see some long overdue precipitation in the form of beautiful white snowflakes. So, in preparation this afternoon, I rustled-up some homemade hot chocolate powder.

Super simple and quick to make, this hot chocolate is winter beverage heaven. Not too rich or sweet, it is the perfect "go-to" on a cold winter's day. What's more, it can be made ahead and stored for up to two weeks!

So what are you waiting for East Coasters? Get on it and enjoy two of winter's finest offerings this weekend!

{Recipe for homemade marshmallows to follow in the coming weeks!}
Hot Chocolate
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Sarah Orman
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 100g good quality semi sweet chocolate, chilled
  • 50g good quality cocoa powder
  • 50g confectioners sugar
  • 10g cornstarch
  • 25g malted drink powder, I use Nestle Malted Milk
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place the chilled chocolate inside a food processor and blitz until a you have a fine powder. It is important the chocolate is chilled otherwise you will create a sticky mess!
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and pulse approximately 5-6 times until fully incorporated.
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To make a hot chocolate drink:
  1. Add desired amount of milk to a saucepan. For every cup of hot chocolate required, add 3 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate powder. So for 2 cups you will need 6 heaped teaspoons.
  2. Gently heat milk on the stove top, using a whisk to incorporate the chocolate powder.
  3. As the hot chocolate begins to warm, the mixture will thicken very slightly. Whisk over a moderate heat for approximately 5 minutes, then pour into warm mugs.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream or homemade marshmallows.

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