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OUR RECIPE: RICH AND THICK HOT CHOCOLATE
Hot chocolate (also called hot cocoa, drinking chocolate or just cocoa) is a hot drink. It is usually made by mixing chocolate or cocoa powder and sugar with warm milk or water. Drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate makes everybody feel happier and warmer. Some studies have also shown that hot chocolate may even be healthy because of the antioxidants that are in cocoa. Until the 1800s, hot chocolate was also used by doctors as a medicine against some diseases.
It is believed that the hot chocolate drink was first made by the Mayan people about 2,000 years ago. Another cocoa drink was made by the Aztecs by 1400 AD/CE. The drink became popular in Europe after being brought from Mexico into the new World, and has changed a lot since then. Today, hot chocolate is used around the world. It comes in many different types such as the very thick cioccolata densa in Italy, and the thinner hot cocoa that is usually drunk in the United States.
Ingredients (for 2 persons):
– 1 cup whole milk
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1/4 cup (superfine or caster) granulated sugar
– 1 100-gm bar dark bittersweet chocolate, finely sliced or given a couple of whirls in the food processor
– 1/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
In a medium saucepan, stir together the milk, cream, and sugar – bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder, and bring to a boil again, all the time whisking with a good whisk. You want the chocolate and cocoa to dissolve, and the mixture to thicken. Serve immediately, and optionally with a side of whipped cream.
DID YOU KNOW?
Americans use the terms “hot chocolate” and “hot cocoa” interchangeably. In other places, a distinction is made between “hot cocoa”, made from powder made by removing most of the rich cocoa butter from the ground cacao beans, and “hot chocolate”, made directly from bar chocolate, which already contains cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter.
cocoa powder – kakaópor
Mayan people – maják
Aztecs – aztékok
heavy cream – tejszín
caster sugar – nagyon apró szemű kristálycukor
granulated sugar – durvább, szemcsésebb kristálycukor
bittersweet chocolate – keserű csokoládé
whirl – pergetés, forgatás
food processor – konyhai robotgép
saucepan – serpenyő
to stir together – összekever
chopped – apróra vágott
to bring to a boil – felforral
to whisk – felver (tejszín, tojás)
to dissolve – feloldódik
to thicken – besűrűsödik
whipped cream – tejszínhab
interchangeably – cserélgetve, egymással felcserélve
distinction – megkülönböztetés…
Step 1: You will need
* 1 mug
* 1 small saucepan
* 1 teaspoon
* 1 whisk
* 1 grater
* 300ml milk
* 3 heaped teaspoons instant hot chocolate powder
* some ground cinnamon
* a piece milk chocolate
Step 2: Milk
Fill a mug with 300ml of milk. Pour about 3 quarters into a pan, and keep the rest back in the mug.
Step 3: Paste
Add 3 heaped teaspoon of hot chocolate powder to the mug. Stir it into a smooth paste.
Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a warming flavour boost. Stir it in well.
Step 4: Froth
Place the pan over a medium heat. Heat the milk for about 3 minutes. When it’s hot, whisk until it’s frothy.
Step 5: Pour
Pour the hot milk back into the mug. Stir well.
For a really indulgent treat, grate a little milk chocolate over the mug
Step 8: Serve