The hot chocolate recipe to snuggle up with

Hot chocolate recipes have been developed into the ultimate hot drink recipes. Use top quality chocolate for your hot chocolate recipe, a whisper of vanilla, frothy milk and rich creamy recipes - you just cannot go wrong.

Then for the final flourish, a liberal sprinkling of grated chocolate!

Mmmm, finally recipes are getting close to what those ancient civilisations were really aiming for, a drink fit for the gods, so let's get on.

Simple hot chocolate

Ingredients

85g plain excellent (or as good as you can get) chocolate, broken into pieces

1 tablespoon of caster sugar, this is more to taste, so adjust for your own palette

1 vanilla pod, split lengthways

300ml of milk

100ml whipping cream, whipped

Some more freshly grated chocolate or cocoa powder, to sprinkle on top.

2 warmed mugs

Put the chocolate pieces, sugar, vanilla pod and milk into a small, heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat gently, stirring the mixture until the chocolate is all melted in. Carefully bring to the boil, whisking constantly with a balloon whisk, until smooth and frothy. Remove the vanilla pod.

Pour into the warmed mugs, top with whipped cream and the sprinkling of freshly grated chocolate or the cocoa.

Enjoy immediately!

That is a basic yet luxurious recipe to begin with. But this ancient drink has a lot more to offer. The following chocolate recipes have been developed over hundreds of years. In fact the hot chocolate recipe of today copy's the traditional drinks made and drunk by the Mayas: using flavourings and techniques that echo those used thousands of years ago.

The same spices and flavourings like vanilla, cornflour to thicken and then the frothing we love too, a repeat of the recipes at the court of Montezuma II.

French hot chocolate recipe

This chocolate drink recipe is similar to a recipe from around the 1690's:

Ingredients

50g plain chocolate, finely chopped

30g caster sugar, to taste

2 large pinches of cinnamon

½ vanilla pod, split lengthways

Put 300 ml of water into a heavy bottomed saucepan, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat, then add the chocolate, sugar and cinnamon. Using the tip of a knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add into the saucepan mixture.

Using a balloon whisk, whisk the mixture thoroughly; when a good amount of froth has been created, pour the mixture into the warmed mugs, spooning the froth on top!

Wine hot chocolate recipe

Ingredients

425ml port

50g plain chocolate, grated

75 g caster sugar, to taste

1 teaspoon of cornflour

4 warmed cups or mugs

This is just too simple, I know - but there it is.

Put all the above ingredients into a heavy saucepan and whisk well as you bring the mixture slowly to the boil, and serve!

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