Now, before I start with this kickass recipe that will warm your cockles this chilly winter, let me tell you a story.
On Friday I went to the Sydney Vivid Festival.
Fortunately Unfortunately, as i’m quite clearly no photographer, I did not take any photos. Although the photographers were certainly out in force! I was out with my boy to take a look around at the amazing sights that Vivid had to offer, celebrate the end of a super stressful week and catch up with some friends. We found ourselves at the end of the night needing some warming coffee and cake only to find most places either shut or with an astronomical line waiting to get in. So we ended up at an obscure coffee shop in The Rocks. With two of our party ordering an Irish Coffee, I thought (with my aversion to coffee) – hey, why not make an irish hot chocolate? Normal hot chocolate with the shot of frangelico to make it extra warming and extra tasty! Simple? Yes. Opportunity for the cafe owner to price gouge? Definitely. The waitress returned apologetically to tell me that while an Irish Coffee would be $11.50, essentially the same thing but with hot chocolate powder instead of coffee would be $5.50 for the hot choc PLUS $8.50 for a shot of frangelico. So it’s only a few dollars extra, but really….
So I came home this long weekend and decided to make my own (and decidedly better) Frangelico Hot Chocolate.
It started with some finely grated dark chocolate
shake up some dry ingredients (including horlicks and good quality cocoa)
Whisk it all into some simmering milk
Then add a shot of frangelico
That will chase away the winter blues!
Deliciously rich and lightly hazlenutty, this is hot chocolate is just amazing. I adapted this Jamie Oliver recipe to make it a smaller yield. This recipe will give you two large mugs, enough for you to share it some a special someone (or just got for that second mug yourself. I’m sure you deserve it!) You could also make the hot chocolate without the alcohol, or substitute any other alcohol you like. Perhaps a little grand mariner for an orange hot chocolate?
So, lovely readers, what do you do to stay warm in winter?
Frangelico Hot Chocolate Recipe
500ml (2 cups) milk
1 tbsp Horlicks
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp good quality cocoa powder
50g good dark chocolate (finely grated)
1 shot frangelico for each mug (or any other liquor you would like to add)
1. Add chocolate, horlicks, cornflour, cocoa and icing sugar to a small jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake well.
2. Place the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and leave until almost boiling
3. Add the contents of the jar and whisk in well
4. Allow the mix to come to the boil, then pour into two large mugs
5. Stir in the frangelico and enjoy!