Ah, winter has arrived. We have some pretty white snow. My old little Ford Focus needs time to warm up before I drive it or it gets annoyed with being cold. And temperatures this morning were in the single digits. brrrrr.
What better to do after a day of prancing along icy sidewalks, admiring Christmas light displays that would make the Griswald's proud and stomping my feet to get feelings back into my toes (damn my aversion to dress socks!) than to make some hot chocolate?
This hot chocolate recipe is from The Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg. It's not like the sickeningly sweet kind that comes in the little packets at the grocery store. It's rich and chocolaty and totally hits the spot. The flavor of the cocoa really comes out, so probably the better the cocoa, the better the hot chocolate will be.
The Brain, who had a little taste, said that it's not sweet enough for him. I'm okay with that. More for me. This would be really good spiked with some liquor too. Maybe some peppermint schnapps...
Factory Store Hot Chocolate
1/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp plus 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
2 cups whole milk
In a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk in the milk and heat over low to medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and continue stirring for another 3 to 5 minutes, or just until steam begins to rise from the top. Do not boil.