Sunday, 22 February 2015

Recipe: Hot Chocolate

Apparently adults without kids catch an average of 3 colds a year. I'm one of those folk who doesn't get 'properly' ill - I manage to miss the Noro and Flu that do the rounds every year - but for some reason every cold I get goes straight to my sinuses. Cue 24 hours of headaches, nosebleeds, and feeling sorry for myself. 

In an attempt to cheer myself up after cancelling my weekend social plans, I've spent a lot of this afternoon sipping on rich, thick hot chocolate while watching Poirot. The Belgian connection seems particularly appropriate, as I was first introduced to "proper" hot chocolate by a friend at university who left half way through to start a cookery diploma in her native Belgium. We lost touch before I managed to write down her recipe so I've spent quite a long time trying to recreate it (turns out no one makes a hot chocolate like a Belgian), but I have very fond memories of watching films and sipping the thick, almost savoury chocolatey treat.
Serves 2 
25g 70% chocolate 
350ml full fat milk 
1tsp sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp cornflour
1pinch cayenne pepper

Bring 250ml of milk (I used almond milk) to a simmer in a small pan. Add in 25g chocolate, chopped into pieces, and stir  until melted. 
In a small mug or bowl, mix the remaining 100ml of cold milk and the cornflour, along with the sugar, cayenne and cinnamon. Slowly add to the simmering chocolate mixture, stirring well until it thickens to a double cream consistency. 
Serve in small, beautiful cups with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a grating of chocolate to decorate. Perfect with shortbread for dunking. 


  1. Sounds perfect to me, not too sweet and hopefully restorative...

    1. I think that's why I like it - not as sweet as powdered hot chocolate, but still comforting!

  2. This sounds fab, hot chocolate is pretty much my favourite hot drink but I've never though about using cayenne pepper in it before! xx

    1. It's good, especially with cinnamon or mixed spice - it stops it being too sweet, and increases the richness, almost like adding dark chocolate to a chilli con carne but in reverse!

  3. Oh yum, this sounds amazing! Perfect for an afternoon snuggled up with Poirot (that sounds weird... you know what I mean!)

  4. I think I might have to do this.