Even if it isn’t, it’s absolutely worth a try! And as it’s under the guise of romance you can justify sharing!Renowned for its aphrodisiac properties, as well as being a ‘bad day’ treat, we all have our go-to chocolate bar. But for the most intense chocolate hit, you really should try a rich, high cocoa, dark chocolate. Yes, I know what you’re thinking ‘that’s not going to hit the spot like a dairy milk!’; But please bear with me on this one and give this quick and simple hot chocolate a go. It’s a perfect alternative to your every-day treat and even better to complete your Valentine’s day dinner.This hot chocolate shot is a popular element of our Dessert Assiette and the recipe frequently requested. So, go on…. have a go! And then store this recipe in your repertoire (You’re welcome! 😉)
The Perfect Hot Chocolate
600ml Jersey milk or full fat milk
60ml whipping cream
1/2 vanilla pod – cut in half length ways & scrape out the seeds to add too (the seeds hold the flavour).
A small piece of cinnamon stick
2 blades of mace or a good grate of fresh nut meg
A pinch of Maldon sea salt
The zest of half an orange
2 turns of a black pepper mill
150g of a dark chocolate (the highest cocoa percentage you can get)
Chef top tip
Don’t worry about the sweetness of the drink, as the milk contains sugar, and this is why Jersey milk is a great option.
- Place the everything except the chocolate, salt & pepper in a pan and scold the milk. When bubbles start to form on the top of the milk, its ready. Chocolate melts at 450C so the milk needs to be hot.
- Place your chocolate in a tall measuring jug and pour the milk mixture over it.
- Add the salt and pepper and whisk until chocolate has dissolved.
- Leave for around 10 minutes to infuse, sieve to remove the spices.
- Whizz up to a froth with hand blender or whisk.
- Serve and top as you wish.
- Drink while still warm, to get the best flavours
Happy Valentine’s Day!