Here are two recipes for homemade hot chocolate: one made with cocoa, and one with melted chocolate.
3 Cups milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine water, cocoa, salt and sugar in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Add cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, stir frequently until cocoa is no longer “clumpy.” Add milk and vanilla to cocoa mixture, heat to scalding [just shy of boiling], whisking all the while. Serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, made with our Honey Powder.
Makes about four servings.
“Chocolate” Hot Chocolate
2 oz. good chocolate
1/2 Cup water
3-1/2 Cups Milk
1 Vanilla Bean
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
1 Stick Cinnamon for each cup
1 Tbsp whipped cream for each serving
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup boiling water.
In another pan, add a vanilla bean to the 3-1/2 cups of milk and heat to scalding. Add sugar and salt and stir with a whisk to dissolve. Strain out the vanilla bean, and pour milk-sugar mixture into the melted chocolate pan, and combine with the wire whisk.
Put a stick of cinnamon into each cup, and fill cup with hot chocolate. [For a holiday twist, use a peppermint stick instead of the cinnamon]. Top each cup with fresh whipped cream before serving. Makes about six servings.