Thursday, 5 January 2012

Epic hot chocolate

This was something I had been meaning to make since I saw Jamie Oliver make it in his Christmas with Bells on program before Christmas.  He made it with waffles but didn't get that far yet either. The hot chocolate looked very thick and luxurious.  And it didn't disappoint in flavour either. So I gathered up the ingredients, which were all in my kitchen anyway and added them all into a jar.  I used double quantities and my tablespoons were heaped but the original recipe calls for

• 2 tablespoons Horlicks
• 2 tablespoons cornflour
• 3 tablespoons icing sugar
• 4 tablespoons quality organic cocoa
• 100g quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely grated
• a pinch of ground cinnamon
• a pinch of sea salt  

The dark chocolate and grating caused me a minor headache as Jamie used a box style grater and being I don't have one I used the one surface one I had and chocolate proceeded to go EVERYWHERE.  So change of plan I put my broken up chocolate in my little blender and blitzed it into small rubble and dust.  Turned it a bit paler in colour but taste was still there. Layered up it looked pretty 
Then you do up your lid securely and shake until it's blended well together, fun part the kids like to help with, then it doesn't look as pretty but the taste makes up for it

Jamie says you need around 10 heaped tablespoons of this per 2 pints of hot milk, you warm your milk to almost boiling in a saucepan then add in your mix and stir or whisk with a small whisk until it has thickened. I found 2 tablespoons for one of my big mugs was more than enough but I guess it does depend on the size of your mugs.  Needed to add a little more cinnamon personally. But a pinch is a very vague measurement so it's one of those things you have to do by personal taste I guess.  As a family we have tried many hot chocolate mixes in the past and none of them are that brilliant.  But this one is one we will keep doing.  And it works brilliant with my resolution of cutting down on the processed food and items this year :o)