Hello My Wonderful Friends!!
It may sound obvious, but “Hot Chocolates” are the topics that always find their way to the top of the lists when talking about recipes for December or just winter in general. There is something about these drinks that invokes a sense of comfort and calmness which no one really seems to understand why.
I do love having a cup or two once in a while, and I always rotate my recipe to keep the flavours fresh to the palette.
Today, I will be sharing the recipe that I made for the first time. So, I was actually experimenting with the flavours before finalising the ingredients and their quantities.
If you or your loved ones enjoy hot chocolates, then please stay tuned as this recipe will not disappoint. It has a warming, bittery sweet and nutty flavour that is sure to entice any palette.
1 1/2 Cup of Cow Milk
1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
3 Green Cardamom
1 1/2 Inch Cinnamon Stick
1 Vanilla Bean
20 Grams White Chocolate
15 Grams Bitter Sweet Chocolate (75%)
Pinch Of Sea Salt (Optional)
I usually make a fresh batch of almond milk at home as it is very simple and tastes so much better than store bought one. You can use whatever you prefer, just do not buy a flavoured one. Firstly, add cow milk and almond milk to a saucepan and heat over low simmer.
Meanwhile, very gently roast the spices except vanilla to intensify their flavours. You can always use store bought powdered spices but for me, nothing beats the freshly ground flavour and fragrance. One point to remember is to start gradually with lower quantities as the freshness of the spices and your taste buds matter a lot when tasting the finished drink.
In this picture, I have two cardamom pods, one clove, a small piece of cinnamon and a vanilla bean. You can start from here and add more if you wish.
Crush the spices in a mortar and pestle to start releasing the flavours and add to the simmering milk. Make a vertical slit on the vanilla bean and scrape out the filling. Drop the filling and the stems of vanilla bean into the milk.
Chop or scrape white and dark chocolate and keep stirring slowly while adding to the milk mixture. It will take around 4-5 minutes for the chocolate to melt. Remember to keep the flame on low as the milk starts to thicken slightly and you want the spices to have some time to mingle.
I did not add any extra sugar since there will be some garnishing, so, taste once before you take the pan off the heat and adjust the sweetness. Add 1/4 cup of water if the milk has thickened a lot. Stir everything well and let it simmer for an another minute.
Add a pinch of salt and switch off the stove. Serve HOT!!
I hope you guys liked this post and if you did then please LIKE and FOLLOW. Your comments and feedbacks are always appreciated.
Thank you all for reading and I will see you all soon.
Take Care and GOOD LUCK..xoxo😊✨