Everyone loves a good cup of hot cocoa. If you know me, you'll know I'm in the midst of having a (not-so-secret) love affair with hot chocolate right now. My Instagram photos are pretty much just hot chocolate mugs and recommendations and oh god I want a hot chocolate again.
Over Christmas, I didn't have much dolla to spend so I treated my family members to nice jars of homemade hot chocolate to enjoy on these cold Winter nights. I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you, which is adapted from Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food recipe book. This recipe makes a hot chocolate that's rich, thick and altogether delicious! Enjoy! ☕️
Right so to make a recipe, you of course need ingredients! To make one large-ish jar, you'll need:
- 200g quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
- 100g quality cocoa powder
- 100g icing sugar
- 50g cornflour
- a pinch of sea salt
- mini-marshmallows to serve
In terms of equipment, you'll also need a food processor of some kind and a few bowls handy.
First things first, break the chocolate up into small chunks and chuck it in the food processor. Blitz it in the food processor until it's as fine as it can get. You can see from the photo below that mine didn't end up getting too fine but this is an okay consistency.
Once you've got it as fine as you can get, pop the rest of the ingredients into a separate bowl and mix the chocolate in. No need to sieve the flour yet, it's better to do this once you've mixed the whole lot in.
Depending on how big your food processor is (mine is only little), put a few tablespoons of your mixture into the bowl and whiz until it's all nicely mixed up. I had a separate bowl for 'processed powder' that was ready to go into the jar and would mix lots at a time - but whatever works best for you is fine!
Once it's all jumbled together, I always take an extra step to sieve the powder into the jar. It's quite time consuming but it saves time when it comes to serving the hot chocolate when heated. Otherwise, you can tend to get gooey lumps of chocolate that hasn't really melted so you have to pour it through a sieve traight into the mug - it's messy, believe me.
Once all sieved (and it'll feel really really fine), spoon the powder into your jar and pop a handful of marshmallows on the top ready for when you have a nice cup of cocoa!
You can shake things up a bit by using flavoured dark chocolate (maybe orange or mint - the ideas are flowing!) or adding cinnamon or even nutmeg into the mixture.