While the northern hemisphere is enjoying beautiful warm summer weather, the rest of us on the other side of the world are going through winter. Luckily, in sunny South Africa, our winters are mostly pretty mild. We get snowfall once in a blue moon, but the rest of the time we have cold mornings and warm afternoons with the occasional cold front.
Now, it most certainly doesn’t have to be cold for me to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate, but I like to save the good stuff for the colder days. This is the good stuff… rich, creamy hot chocolate to warm your insides and your soul =)
The recipe is simple:
Heat 3/4 of a cup of milk together with the same amount of cream in the microwave. Keep an eye on it. As it starts to bubble, take it out quickly as it will boil over in a matter of seconds.
Stir in 80 grams of good quality chocolate and a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder (I like to use Cadbury Bournville cocoa). Once the mixture is smooth and all the chocolate is melted, it’s ready for drinking! It’s pretty rich so you might want to consider sharing =)
If you’re feeling adventurous, try spicing things up a bit by doing one of the following:
-add a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a Mexican flavour
-add a tablespoon of your choice of liqueur (Amarula is my personal favourite)
-add a dollop of salted caramel and top with whipped cream for some serious decadence