Of course I had to come up with a few Christmas recipes this month! Unfortunately, with uni and exams, I have had a few stressful (and busy) weeks, which is a shame because my mind was jumping from a super Christmassy mood to a 'oh my god I'm going to fail at everything' mood. So this means I haven't had the chance to bake yet, although I have something coming up next week that involves a traditional Christmas treat from the kitchen! ;)
As for today, I'll be sharing with you a recipe for a nice warm beverage. This is a cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate, intense, with yummy black chocolate and a creamy, soft texture. Not a hot drink that we'd have every day (see what it did to Santa!), but a great recipe to try out on Christmas day, sitting around the tree and covered in blankets. I've taken this recipe from a French website and spiced it up (literally, I added spices haha) a little.
y Ingredients (for four mugs of hot chocolate) y
~ 200g of black chocolate
~ 80cl of semi-skimmed milk
~ 20cl of single cream
~ a teaspoon of cinnamon
~ cocoa powder
~ whipped cream
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1/ Cut the chocolate in small bits to make it easier for it to melt. Then put it all in a saucepan, and slowly let it melt in a low to medium heat, stirring so that it doesn't burn in the pan (chocolate can be hard to work with!).
2/ Once it starts to melt, add the milk and the cream together in the saucepan. Then keep on stirring and mix the ingredients together, still at that low heat, for about twenty minutes. As you go, add the teaspoon of cinnamon.
3/ When the texture is creamy and the consistency is even, remove from the stove and whisk the mixture to give it a lighter, creamier texture.
4/ When you feel like the texture is right, put the chocolate in mugs (preferably cute and Christmassy!) and cover in whipped cream, then lightly sprinkle some cocoa powder on top. You can add little marshmallows if you want to of course!
There you have it, the hot chocolate of your dreams! If you don't like cinnamon, you can add some vanilla extract instead. You can sip on your yummy chocolate while watching a Disney film with the Christmas lights turned on, in your cute festive pyjamas... At least, that's exactly what I did!
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What is your favourite hot drink to have during Christmas time? Have you ever made your own hot chocolate at home?