Sunday, 21 December 2014

On the twelfth day of Yule...Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate

What could be a better combination?  Wine and chocolate?


Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate

You will need:

400g (14 oz) sugar
200g (7oz) cocoa powder
2 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise
8 cloves
500g (17 1/2 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
2 satsumas cut in half (leave the skin on)
1 sprig rosemary
1 bottle of red wine
500ml (17 1/2 fl oz) water

Put the water, sugar, cocoa powder and all the spices into a saucepan and bring to just before boiling.

Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate, whisk until it is all mixed in.

Pop the satsumas and rosemary into the pan and leave to infuse for about ten minutes.

Add the red wine and heat gently for a few minutes - serve warm.



*WISHING YOU ALL A VERY 
HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE*

Saturday, 20 December 2014

On the eleventh day of Yule...Vegan Hot Chocolate


Vegan Hot Chocolate

You will need:

2 cups almond or soya milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon raw or palm sugar

Warm the milk in a saucepan over a low heat until just before boiling.

Mix the cocoa powder and sugar together in a mug, pour the warm milk on top and mix until combined.




You can substitute soya or almond milk to most of the hot chocolate recipes in this blog series and use cacao instead of the chocolate.

Friday, 19 December 2014

On the tenth day of Yule...Hot Chocolate with a Kick

Hot chocolate that bites back...



Kicking Hot Chocolate

You will need:

2 cups milk
4 squares dark chocolate
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Crushed chilli seeds (optional)



Pop all the ingredients into a saucepan over a low heat and stir until just before it boils and the chocolate has melted.

Serve topped with whipped cream and if you are feeling brave you can sprinkle it with crushed chilli seeds...

Thursday, 18 December 2014

On the nineth day of Yule...Boozy Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with your choice of tipple...*hic*


Boozy Hot Chocolate

Take the basic hot chocolate recipe

To half a pint of milk add two squares of either dark, milk or plain chocolate and a teaspoon or two of sugar – warm in a saucepan together - then add in a dash of your favourite alcohol, the following work well:

Kahlua
Rum
Tequila
Whisky

And of course top with whipped cream....


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

On the eighth day of Yule...Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Like the cake...but in liquid form...


Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

You will need:

2 cups milk
4 squares dark chocolate
1/2 teaspoon red food colouring

Topping:

2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup heavy/whipping cream
3 tablespoons cream cheese


Whip together the cream and sugar until stiff then add in the cream cheese and whisk until blended.

Warm the milk in a saucepan with the squares of chocolate until just before boiling, stirring until the chocolate has dissolved, just before you take it off the heat add in the red food colouring.

Pour into a mug and top with the cream cheese mixture.