Hot chocolate is one of my favourite hot drinks, although I generally only drink it in the winter time- when I feel that a little more indulgence is called for! To me it certainly tastes a lot more filling and indulgent than a tea or a normal coffee (lattes etc. not included!)
But now that we are rapidly approaching Christmas I wanted to try making my own hot chocolate. Preferably one that doesn’t require fancy ingredients and lots of measuring out every time you want to make a cup!
What I really love about the hot chocolate I made is that although there is some labour initially (and a food processor is required) after you have made your hot chocolate mix it is super simple to make a cup. There is also something very satisfying about having a jar of home-made hot chocolate mix in your cupboard.
This would make a great little present to give to someone you love- Fill up a pretty jar with it (kilner or the Bonne Maman jars look lovely!) and write the instructions on how to make a mug on a label and tie around the jar using some baker twine or ribbon.
It could even be used as part of a Christmas Hamper- I love the idea of giving it as a gift along with a set of pyjamas, a christmassy mug, marshmallows and a Christmas film (Christmas Eve in a box!)
I got my recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube, link to the video here. I had been wanting to try it for ages and Christmas seemed like the perfect time!
This makes a fair amount of hot chocolate- enough for at least a couple of jars!
- 200g Dark chocolate (broken into pieces and chilled in the fridge)
- 100g Cocoa Powder
- 100g Icing Sugar (I would recommend sifting it!)
- 50g Cornflour
- 50g Malted drink powder (Horlicks for example)
- A pinch of salt.
- Milk for when you want to make a mug of hot chocolate!
Using a food processor blend the dark chocolate to a fine powder.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse the ingredients together. Pulse it together 3-4 times until the mix is well mixed.
For one mug of hot chocolate measure out your milk into the mug and pour into a sauce pan. Use two heaped tablespoons of hot chocolate mixture per cup.
Put the hob on a medium heat and simmer and whisk the hot chocolate mixture for about five minutes.
Put your favourite garnishes on top- I would recommend marshmallows and cream!
Do you have any favourite drinks at Christmas?