How To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate season is approaching! And if you can’t make it to the ski slopes, the next best thing is to wrap up and get cosy at home with a steaming mug of creamy hot chocolate to keep you company. Hunter 486 restaurant, located within five-star boutique hotel The Arch London, makes a mean hot chocolate. Head Chef Gary Durrant has shared his top tips on how to upgrade your hot chocolate game this winter.
Ditch the kettle
Replacing boiling water with hot whole milk is a better alternative. A splash of single cream at the end can give it an even creamier and smoother finish.
Use good quality chocolate
Use grated real chocolate (I recommend 70% cocoa solids) instead of powder to give it a more intense flavour. You will need to add sugar to taste to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.
Don’t add it all at once
Mix the grated chocolate with a small amount of milk to create a paste. If you gradually add the rest of the milk to the paste while simultaneously stirring you will find the hot chocolate is a lot smoother.
Spice things up
When it comes to spices, a winter favourite is cinnamon. However you can always mix things up by adding cardamom and orange instead.
Add a tipple
The addition of spirits and liquors can turn it into an adult guilty pleasure. Baileys, Disaronno and Cointreau all work well in a hot chocolate.