Thursday, June 19, 2008

Winter Solstice Warmer

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice - shortest day/longest night of the year. We plan on enjoying a little bonfire with the kids to mark the night and it looks to be very cold!
So for those others of you who'll be out tomorrow night - or indeed anyone who likes a hot drink, I thought I'd share with you our very special hot chocolate recipe!

These amounts are for 4 people - the amounts are variable though. Mix and match to your taste preference.

4 cups Milk
About 100g good quality dark chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 heaped tablespoon of sugar (skip this if you like it bitter)
1 cardamom pod
1 tspn cinnamon (or a cinnamon scroll)
1 Vanilla pod (or 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract)
1/2 tspn nutmeg
2 cloves
A pinch of ground chilli (this is important!)

Pour the milk in a saucepan. Grate in the dark chocolate. Add the cocoa and spices and gently simmer (don't boil) until its hot and the flavours have infused a little. I leave mine for about 10 minutes.
Pour into cups. Top with a bit if grated chocolate. YUM!

The flavours are divine and the chilli gives you a warm feeling in the back of your throat as you drink it. Perfect for a cold winter's night!

Hope you like it as much as we do. :)


Hedgewitch said...

Loved this post, as we in the UK just had our Summer Solstice .. as a hot chocolate and cocoa fan, have decided not to wait six months to try out this recipe, though!!

Kate said...

Wacko, I will make this for sure - maybe a dash of Frangelico too (an Italian hazelnut liquer!)

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

Hope you love it as much as we do - you can never go back to plain old cocoa after this one though!

Alchemille said...

That sounds delicious, but here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are trying to cool down ;).
In Southern California, we have quite a few Australian plants growing...
I used to make my own hot chocolate from scratch with melted chocolate, milk, honey and cinnamon...Don't know if I will have the will to wait until the cold months to have a cup ;).

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

I wonder if anyone has a super recipe for Iced chocolate to share for the summer months?