Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate

Recipe by Annacia
READY IN: 19mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
    cups whole milk
  • 2 14
    teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 1
    1 pinch chili powder or 1 pinch cayenne, for mystery
  • 4
    tablespoons skim milk
  • 4
    semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, grated or 9 tablespoons dark cocoa
  • 3
    tablespoons unsalted butter
  • sugar, to taste
  • OPTIONS
  • 1 -2
    teaspoon of a sweet liqueur, adding it with the vanilla (such as dark rum or Grand Marnier) (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons ginger syrup (optional)
  • unsweetened whipped cream (optional) or lightly sweetened whipped cream, as a garnish (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • IF USING CHOCOLATE:
  • Grate chocolate (manually or in food processor fitted with steel blades). Add in corn starch, sugar, and salt.
  • IF USING COCOA:
  • Mix solid ingredients, butter, and a little warmed milk to make a smooth paste; add remaining milk.
  • In a one-quart, heavy-bottomed, non-aluminum saucepan, heat milk over medium low heat, stirring often with small whisk, until it is steaming hot. Carefully add chocolate mixture.
  • Continue cooking mixture, stirring almost constantly with whisk and scraping bottom and sides of pot with heat resistant spatula frequently. Mixture will steam for several (15-20) minutes before coming to a boil, and will thicken slightly.
  • When mixture boils, continue cooking and stirring for only 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla, sugar (as much as you want) and any optional ingredients.
  • TO SERVE:
  • Divide among small 4 cups or mugs, and mix 1 tablespoon of skim milk in each mug to achieve desired consistency; you may need to warm in microwave once skim is added.
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