Spiced Hot Chocolate

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Spiced Hot Chocolate

When it’s cold outside, hot chocolate is one of the simplest indulgences in life. Try this spicy variation on a classic. You’ll be pouring a second mug in no time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Ingredients

  • 150g dark chocolate, 70 per cent cocoa solids
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4tbsp dark brown
  • Muscovado sugar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla pod

 
Method
Finely grate the chocolate and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to firm up. Stir in all the remaining ingredients apart from the vanilla pod. Pour the mixture into a presentation bag or jar and add the vanilla pod. Attach a label with the following instructions:

To make the hot chocolate:
Heat 150ml milk, or milk and cream, and bring to the boil.
Place 3tbsp of the hot chocolate mix in a mug and pour over about 2-3tbsp hot milk. Stir until smooth, then pour in the remaining milk.
Add the vanilla pod, leave for a few minutes to infuse, then stir and serve. You can reuse the vanilla pod – wash well after use and leave to dry out.

Top Tips
For a really sumptuous drink, heat a mixture of milk and whipping cream and top with freshly whipped cream. There is no need to keep the mix in the fridge unless stored in a really warm kitchen.

This recipe first appeared here.

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