I don’t know why 2015 started with rough start for us; yes we are taking turns to become sick. Last Thursday, my little guy was sick and had fever. On the top he has bad allergy from Nutella/ Chocolate hazelnut spread in both hands. As he and his sister finished half of a small bottle two days before. As a result Nutella is banned in our house for ever. Then on this Saturday, I got sick with strep throat and fever. No mood to cook or eat anything. Finally it was so cold yesterday, that I decided to make something to feel warm. Yes I made Hot chocolate. It is delicious, and I used both cocoa powder and chocolate.
Hot-chocolate is a one of the wintertime staple. This homemade version is delicious and natural — containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt; and also economical compared with store-bought mixes. Last week I borrowed a book by well know pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s The Secret Recipes from library, I fell in love with book. It is so nice, lot of information, and steps taken during each steps. I found this recipe of Hot chocolate from the book, however I have to make changes as I did not have cocoa paste in my hand, also used semisweet chocolate bars which I had in my hand.
I am fan of Ansel and I tried cronut at home without having his recipe book. I can’t make a trip to New York just to eat cronut. I need to try few more recipes from his book. The interesting part of this hot chocolate recipe is that it has real chocolate and cocoa powder in it. I didn’t add any sugar for us, but for little ones I added some mash mellow puffs.
Once I made it, and then come tasting part and photography session. It was cloudy cold day, so there not much sunlight. I took pictures without any dramatic lighting, as those elaborate setting for food photography is not possible with little ones who are so active. May be some time later I will do that. For the time being, enjoy this delicious hot chocolate which is easy to make at home.
- 2 cup Whole milk
- 8 oz Dark chocolate (53% or higher cocoa content) finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Unsweetened cocoa powder, finely chopped
- Marshmallows or sugar as you needed
- Bring the milk to a boil in a medium pot over low heat.
- Combine the chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl.
- Pour the hot milk over them and let stand for 50 minutes.
- Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder and milk scraping the bottom of the bowl where chocolate tend to settle. When everything combined well, enjoy the hot chocolate as much as you want.
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.