I have a good stash of chocolate sat in the fridge. I always do. I am one of those hoarders who has to keep chocolate in the house, even if I don’t eat it. I have no idea why. I just do. At the moment there are about 5 bars of chocolate in my fridge. Instead of letting it waste away I am think of different ways to enjoy my chocolate. This weekend I made real homemade hot chocolate. Not that powdered stuff mixed with milk, but real chunks of chocolate melted down in the saucepan with some milk and infused with a stick of cinnamon It is the perfect warm comforting drink for the November cold. *says the girl sat in her house with a blanket permanently wrapped around her*
I am also going to contribute this recipe to the Domestic Sluttery Just Desserts Club. The current theme is cinnamon, and whilst hot chocolate isn’t strictly a dessert, I would totally pick a cup of this for after-dinner treat.
If you want to get involved in the Just Desserts club, just come up with a recipe that ties in the theme (this month – cinnamon), post the recipe on your blog telling everyone about it how yummy it is and then pop the Sluts an email with a link. At the end of the month there is a round-up of all the recipes and Blogger’s that took part on Domestic Sluttery. Hoorah! We love desserts! Ooh, and there is a hashtag too for all those Twitter-lovers out there -> #JustDesserts
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate (serves two)
- 250ml milk
- 70g chocolate
- 1 cinnamon stick
- tiny pinch of salt
- in a small milkpan heat the milk and chocolate on a low-medium heat. stir every few minutes to combine the ingredients.
- when the chocolate has melted add the cinnamon stick with a really tiny pinch of salt. turn the heat to low.
- allow the infuse for 3-5 minutes. remove the cinnamon and serve.
tip: you can use any of your favourite warming spices – nutmeg, ginger, or even a tiny pinch of chilli.
tip: don’t let the milk boil. I got distracted with my other dishes and let it warm too much. it’s not a disaster but you can get that film on the top of the milk.