Hot Chocolate is a much loved winter staple in our small household. However, after some recent taste-disappointments, I have grown weary of many of the store bought pre-mixes. Reading the ingredients list doesn’t help that feeling either. Add to this our attempts to cut down on cow milk and hot chocolate was suddenly off the dessert menu.
After the revelations of our little New Year’s walk, I decided to try and restore our love for homemade hot chocolate. I set out to make my own ready dry mix for the home. As per usual there is a plethora of recipes and advice to be found on the internet, but I found smitten kitchens recipe particularly useful. Because, if desired, this homemade hot chocolate can be made vegan. My version as described below is not, as I opted for a regular dark chocolate, but the success of this recipe simply lies with the quality and type of chocolate used.
½ cup fair trade Demerara sugar
1 teaspoon corn flour
85g fair trade, organic dark chocolate
½ cup fair trade cocoa powder
sprinkle of salt
If you have a food processor, it couldn’t be simpler. Chop up the chocolate, and then blend all ingredients in the food processor until powdery. (Otherwise smitten kitchen suggests chopping the chocolate very fine and mixing it under the remaining ingredients.)
All that remains now is to heat a little milk of your choice and mix it with 2-3 heaped tablespoons of the homemade chocolate powder for a delicious hot chocolate – cream and marshmallows optional.
PS: If you haven’t got a food processor I can highly recommend this one with this adaption. I promise it’ll make your life as a home cook so much easier and will open up the possibilites of your menu to no end.
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