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THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE...EVER...apparently.... (+ option with baileys)
Now my other half thinks I make the best hot chocolate in the world. Whether this is just a ploy to get me to make them for him because -in his words- he 'can't do it properly', I don't know. You will have to try it and find out.
I've always said the way to make a really good hot choc is the order you add the ingredients. Using the wrong order usually results in those lumpy bits floating around on the top.
Firstly for a non alcoholic one I:
* Put the kettle on
* Take a tall mug
* Add 3 heaped teaspoons of chocolate powder (my fave is 'options' Belgium chocolate)
* Add 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar
* Add the a splash of milk
* NOW MIX THE MILK AND POWDER INTO A PASTE!
* Count to 100 after the kettle has boiled and then pour in up to half way
* Stir again
* Fill to the top
If, like my OH you like it when it's frothy leave it for a few minutes before drinking OR just add a can of squirty cream on top....that's just for special occasions though. - mini marshmallows optional
To make the alcoholic version, use the same method but replace the milk with baileys.
Be warned though it does make the baileys hit you a lot sooner than normal and you may want to curl up and go to sleep so only use a small amount. I only add baileys when I'm having a child-free night and know I can unwind doing nothing. It has helped me with my colds and this neck tension I've been having because it really is relaxing and ...if anything will help you sleep.
Well, let me know what you think. My OH loves it and a few of my friends have tried it, loved it but said it's never the same when they make it! Lets see if I just have useless friends or not ha ha
Hot Chocolate Drinks
I make a lot of hot chocolates around Christmas time when I have the family over, or when I want to treat myself on a cold night. It's a sort of tradition in my family now where everyone comes round for a hot chocolate. I am always in the kitchen making them.
I have a few hot chocolate drinks that I make all very rich and smooth tasting and believe me there's nothing better if you've had a hard day at work. For me they just ease my stress away.
Chocolate with a kick:
This hot chocolate drink is fantastic and a great twist to a normal hot coco!
600 ml / 1 pint of milk
1tsp ground mix spice
100g / 3 ½ oz of dark melted chocolate
2 cinnamon sticks
100 ml / 3 ½ fl oz double cream (lightly whipped)
How to make:
This is very easy but be warned this drink holds many calories, but it's just so darn moreish!
Add the milk into a saucepan sprinkling in your mixed spices, breaking up the dark chocolate and adding to the pan. Heat it all up over a low heat until the milk starts to boil (remember keep on stirring as this will prevent any burning). Once you see it start to boil, remove from the heat and pour into your heat-proof glasses. Add a cinnamon stick to each glass and top with your cream leave for about 5 minutes them enjoy. And if you want to be fancy you can always sieve a little coco power on top. Or what I find goes very well is a little grated nutmeg on top of your cream.
This is the one which will keep warm! Always best to be cuddled up for this one.
1liter / 1 ¾ pints of milk
115g / 4 oz dark chocolate
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp brandy
6 tbsp whipped cream
4 tsp coco powder
This will make 4 medium sized glasses.
How to make:
Pour your milk into a saucepan then bring to the boil. Remove your saucepan from the heat, break up and add your chocolate, then add your sugar and stir until all the chocolate has melted. Stir in your brandy, pour into 4 heat-proof glasses, top with whipped cream and dust with coco powder! Enjoy!
Chocolate Orange Toddy:
This one is great if you have a little cold and finding it hard to sleep. Not only is it yummy but will make sure you have a good nights kip.
75 g / 2 ½ oz orange - flavoured chocolate (I always use Terry's Chocolate Orange!)
600 ml / 1 pint of milk
3 tbsp of rum
2 tbsp double cream
How to make:
Break your chocolate up into small pieces, add chocolate and milk to a saucepan then heat on a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Once all of the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat and add your rum. Pour into 2 large heat-proof glasses. Top your drinks with double cream and the grated nutmeg. And there you have it! Remember if you want to be lazy (like me) you can use squirty cream instead.
And there we have it. Three easy hot chocolate drinks. Believe me once you start making these you'll never stop! The diet goes out the window but they're worth it. The recipies shown here all make around 4 large cups, but again you can mix things up. Example, for the orange toddy you can use mint chocolate instead, leaving out the rum and using Baylies or leaving the nutmeg out which also making a lovely hot mint drink.
Hope you enjoyed reading and please have a go at making them, I promise you will not be disappointed!
Tea is by far the most popular drink consumed in Britain today, with over 165,000,000 cups being drunk in the UK every single day of the year. Chai is basically black tea brewed with selected spices or herbs and milk.
Indian Masala Chai
3 - 4 Tea Spoons/4 Teabags of good tea (Tetley/Darjeeling/Lipton)
1 inch ginger- can be fresh, dry or powdered ginger
3 - 4 cardamom pods, crushed
Small piece of cinnamon
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 or 2 whole black peppers (optional but spicier and tastier when added)
Sugar to taste
This is best done on a saucepan on hob instead of microwaving.
1) Boil 2 cups of water. Add all the ingredients and boil again for about 15 seconds. Let stand for a minute.
2) Add milk and sugar
3) Sieve it into cups
Because the spices are all fresh (not spice powders) the aroma and taste is excellent. Using Twinings tea bags is not recommended as it is very mild.
It does take a longer time (approx 15 minutes) to prepare than the normal tea.
It has some medicinal values too. It relieves cold and congestion.
Tea does refresh you even in hot weather- It simply raises the body temperature momentarily, you perspire and the perspiration on your skin creates a cooling effect.
Though for the most part I am a cold drinks person, especially from the aspect of thirst quenching above enjoyment, there are a few hot drinks which I have over the years come to enjoy.
There is nothing more comforting than, on a cold winter's night when the wind, snow, hail, rain, sleet - or whatever happens to be tumbling from the sky - is raging away outside, snuggling on the sofa with my hands cupped around a mug of a steaming, tasty hot drink. Even if a hot drink doesn't have much nutritonal value, I believe that the psychological benefits can be tremendous, going a fair way towards creating a drop in stress levels and a delicious sense of well-being.
As you have probably gathered by now, I love to experiment with food and drink when the mood takes me, and I have managed to collect a little catalogue in my mind of hot drink experiments that have turned out well and that I regularly enjoy. I'd like to share five of these recipes with DooYoo readers, and hope that if you try any of them, you come to love them as much as I do......so, here goes, and each recipe is intended to fill one standard sized coffee mug.
1. CREAMY BOOZY COFFEE
Strong, hot black filter coffee (2/3rds of a mugful)
1 tablespoon brandy
1 teaspoon runny honey
Half a Cadbury's Chocolate Flake, crumbled
1 very generous swirl of canned squirty cream
Place the honey and brandy in the mug. Mix thoroughly, then rapidly stir the hot black coffee into the honey & brandy mixture. Using a can of squirty cream, spray a huge swirl onto the surface of the coffee mixture, then sprinkle the top of the cream generously with the crumbled Cadbury's flake. For maximum enjoyment, drink as hot as you can stand it. This is rather a sweet drink, and will appeal to those with a sweet tooth.
2. CINNAMON CITRUS BURST
1 teaspoon lime cordial
1 teaspoon good quality orange squash
1 teaspoon grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
A good pinch of ground cinnamon
Fresh mint sprigs
Mix the lime cordial, orange squash, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and brown sugar together in the mug. Top up with boiling water and sprinkle the surface with the cinnamon. Float a couple of mint springs on the top of the liquid, and drink as hot as possible for full flavour.
3. TANGY SAVOURY BEEF & TOMATO WARMER
1 teaspoon Bovril
Half a teaspoon lemon juice
2 little drops of Worcester Sauce
1 teaspoon of tomato ketchup or tomato puree
Mix the Bovril, lemon juice, Worcester Sauce and tomato puree/ketchup (whichever is used) until it forms a smooth paste. Gradually, stirring continuously, add boiling water until the mug is full. Drink as hot as possible.
4. STRAWBERRY MINT CRUSH WITH HOT RED WINE
5 medium-sized, very ripe fresh strawberries
1 teaspoon mint jelly
Half a coffee mug of red wine
1 rounded teaspoon icing sugar
A sprig of mint to decorate
Cut the strawberries into pieces and place in a mug with the mint jelly. Using a hand blender, whizz until it forms a smooth paste. If you don't have a hand blender, then you can sieve the strawberries to make a puree, then mix with the mint jelly in the mug. Heat the wine in a saucepan until almost, but not quite boiling. Place the icing sugar in a bowl, and add just a TINY drop (less than half a teaspoonful) of the wine, and mix quickly to a smooth paste. Mix that paste into the strawberry/mint jelly, then top up with the remainder of the hot wine. Decorate with the mint sprig, then drink! Delicious!!!!
5. CINNAMON & VANILLA BANANA MILK
1 bottle or carton of banana-flavoured milk shake
1 tiny drop of vanilla essence
1 tiny pinch of ground cinnamon
Measure out about three-quarters of a mugful of banana milk shake into a small saucepan and stir in the vanilla essence. Heat very gently until almost boiling. Pour into a coffee mug and sprinkle the top with the ground cinnamon. For some reason, this drink goes particularly well with a slice of hot buttered toast.
Well....those are my favourite hot drinks. If you find that you don't like any of the ingredients contained therein, you can either substitute another ingredient that captures your imagination and is suitable for the overall flavour, or omit altogether.
To make more than one mugful of each drink, just multiply the recipe quantities accordingly by however many more mugs you are using.
Maybe I should have posted this at the beginning of or during the winter, but we still could have some not so warm weather between now and any summer we may be lucky enough to get.
Happy hot drinking, and thanks for taking the time to read this.
The Best Coffee Hot Toddy Ever!
This is my own unique recipe that I would love to share with you.
This is great if you have just come in after a hard day and you are feeling knackered and in need of a soothing, mellow pick me up! I always make this using instant coffee - it just doesn't taste right when you use "proper" coffee - so it is really quick and easy to prepare.
1 heaped teaspoon good instant coffee, not decaf! (I always use Nescafe Gold Blend)
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (I make my own by putting a cracked open vanilla pod in a sugar jar)
1 shot of good brandy
2 drops vanilla extract
Single cream - to suit your taste
1. Put the kettle on to boil
2. Add the coffee and the brandy to your mug; dissolve all the coffee in the brandy making sure there are no granules left.
3. Add the vanilla sugar and vanilla extract to the mug and mix everything together thoroughly.
4. Top up with boiling water and stir well.
5. Add the single cream while stirring continuously to suit your taste.
And that's it! It tastes great and is incredibly easy to make, it give a real lift to instant coffee and everyone I have ever made it for loves it!
This is not for regular drinking as it is very fattening but great for a special treat. I hope you all enjoy it!
I am mad about tea, and thought about how to make my own fruity, spicy tea, without Twinnings, beacuse they are quiet frankly, not good enough.
This tea is best in a teapot with an inbuilt strainer as you will be needing to contain both fruit, tea and spices. You could have them floating around in any old teapot but I personally find teapots with a central strainer tidier and the consumption smoother and less 'bitsy'.
So, you will need the following
- 1 Teaspoon of Dark Oolong (Wu-Long) Tea or Lapsang Souchong for a woodier flavour. In all honesty even a single tea bag of the bog standard variety is good too.
- 1 or two teaspoon of Cinnamon
- A hearty piece of Root Ginger
- Couple of slices of Plum
- Half or one teaspoon of Crushed chillies (can get in any supermarket but I encourage to but from a local business)
- Slice of lemon or orange...if it does not fit in the strainer then drop into tea pot.
Then all you do, is pour boiling water over your concoction and leave to brew for 5 minutes! You can use this 3- 5 times, bare in mind that it will get weaker with each use. I recomend you push down the mix whilst it is soaked in the boiling water, to get the maximum strength and flavour.
- The benfits of this tea, is good if you have a cold, the chillies are good cleansing agents.
- The lemon or orange for vitman C
- The plum (also high in vitamin C, also fibre) and cinnamon is a good natural sweetener
- Ginger is good for settling stomachs and for joint troubles (also helpful in a cold), whilst complementing the chillies perfectly.
REMEMBER! The fun of this is that you can adjust the ingredients to your needs and replace anything you do not like the sound of. If you are stuck for ideas, just message me.
I am a fountain of food knowledge. :-)
I absoloutly adore hot chocolate especially in the freezing winter months. Most people who drink hot chocolate will simply make up a powder mix and drink away. Although my recipe for the 'perfect hot chocolate' involves powder mix there's lots of cheeky added extra's that you can pick and choose from. Personally I have them all.
1/ Your personal choice of powdered hot chocolate
(my personal favourite is galaxy)
2/ A few squares of your favourite chocolate bar
(again my favourite is galaxy)
3/ Some squirty cream
4/ Some small marshmallows
5/ A mug full of milk
1/ Empty the mug of milk into a saucepan, boil until light and frothy.
2/ Add 3-4 teaspoons of powdered hot chocolate. Also using a grater, grate in some of your solid chocolate. Mix thoroughly and boil for 1-2 mins.
3/ Transfer to you favourite mug. Squirt as much cream as you require onto the top of your drink. Then arrange some marshmallows on top of the cream.
4/ To finish Grate some more chocolate onto the top of your dink.
5/ Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is very high in calories, so a here's a few tips if your watching your figure:
1/ Use a low-fat hot chocolate brand
2/ Use skimmed milk
3/ Use low-fat cream
Well I'm sure most of you will agree its getting really cold outside and with the Christmas season coming up I thought I'd write down some nice hot drinks for you to make for your guests or even yourself.
Eggnog is traditionally more drank by the Americans, but I tried some a few years back and loved it, although be careful how much run you put in as it can be quite deceiving and before you know it you are singing Jingle bells while standing on the kitchen table!!!! Ooops is that just me that gets like that???
850 ml (1½ pint) Milk
850 ml (1½ pint) Cream
340ml (12fl oz) Brandy
280g (10oz) Sugar split into 170g and 110 g measurements
110ml (4fl oz) Rum
6 Large egg yolks and 6 egg whites
Grated nutmeg to taste
1. Heat milk just until small bubbles form without boiling.
2. Beat egg yolks with 170 g sugar until light and fluffy. Add hot milk and mix well.
3. Place over low heat or hot water and cook, while stirring, until mixture thickens (too much heat and too long cooking will cause it to curdle so be careful I have done this so many times).
4. Beat egg whites until stiff, gradually adding the 110 g cup sugar.
5. Fold whites into hot milk mixture.
6. Stir in rum and cream slowly. Serve hot with some grated nutmeg. (Although you can serve chilled if you prefer)
I love mulled wine...but not for the taste, as it's not really my kind of tipple but the smell that goes through your house is lovely and a lot of my family like to drink it so never gets wasted.
1 bottle red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
rind of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons sugar
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and simmer gently over a medium heat until hot.
Do not boil it though.
And hey presto you have mulled wine, it's a very simple recipe and I do not think you can go wrong to be honest.
I would suggest you serve in mugs as I find it stained my glasses slightly one year...so I have found mugs easier, or if you have some of those nice glass cups you can get they are good too.
**Yummy hot chocolate**
Dependant on your like for alcohol, then you may choose to have a non alcoholic hot drink which in that case try and make your drink a bit more special, like the following recipe for hot chocolate, its more of a treat and I would not recommend you have it too much as calories wise I do not think that would be too wise...hehe!!! Especially if it goes straight to your hips like me!!! although all these drinks are not too good when it comes to calories.
The ingredients you can change dependant on how many cups you are making.
* 6 tbs cocoa powder
* 6 tbs sugar
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* 2 1/2 cups light cream
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
* Cinnamon, whipped cream and orange zest
1. Add sugar and cocoa to milk and heat in a saucepan until dissolved.
2.Add the cream, cinnamon and vanilla.
3.Heat until almost boiling.
4.Mix well and serve
5.Topped with whipped cream and a bit of orange zest grated on the top.
I hope some of these recipes will come in handy for these cold winter nights and Christmas celebrations coming up.
I love Iced Coffee, and after experimenting for a while, I came up with a perfect recipe!
-Vanilla/Chocolate Ice Cream
-A blender/smoothie maker
1. Make your coffee: I found the easiest way was to make a standard mug-full of strong black coffee with no sugar, use 2/3 teaspoons of coffee, otherwise you'll lose the taste of it once you've mixed it all together! Pour the mug-full in to the jug, and repeat the process depending on how much iced coffee you want to make, or how strong you want the iced coffee to be. Feel free to put more/less coffee in... it's your drink after all!
2. Leave the coffee out for a while to cool down, then place the jug in the fridge for a couple of hours until it's cold. Come back when it's done... I personally made the coffee and put it in the fridge in the evening and finished my drink off the next day!
3. Now you have to melt some ice cream! Use how ever many scoops you want to... I use quite a lot as I like my iced coffee nice and thick, and creamy! Leave the scoops in the blender for a while to soften up, then when the time comes, switch that blender on! Then add some milk, and repeat the process until you're happy with it! ...Don't forget to put the blenders' lid on!
4. Now you have a nice creamy drink, add the coffee. you might have to do it in two or maybe three lots depending on how much coffee you made! It should look quite thick... if it's to thick for you, add some more coffee or milk. Keep tasting the iced coffee during the process as you may like yours differently to mine!
5. Pour the drink into your jug, and put in the fridge for a while. Finished!
-Vanilla/Chocolate Ice Cream
-Square of chocolate, biscuit or similar
1. I personally like to chill my glass before serving, mine are usually chilled because the cupboard they're in gets so cold, but if not put it in the fridge for a bit to cool it down.
2. Get one scoop of your chosen ice cream and plop it in the bottom of the glass.
3. Grate half of your chocolate, biscuit or similar on to the ice cream.
4. Drop 1 or 2 iced cubes in to your glass.
5. Slowly pour your iced coffee in to the glass.
6. Grate the rest of your chocolate, biscuit or similar on the top of your iced coffee.
7. Dunk in a straw or two, and serve!
I am a bit hit and miss when it comes to Hot Drinks.Sometimes I can think I want a cup of Tea or Coffee and then other days I just cannot be bothered but especially during the colder months a hot drink is all I need to get me warmed up and ready for the day ahead.
I would say over the years the main hot drink I have had the most of is Hot Chocolate and Cadburys Lights used to be one of my favorites but I do not really seem to drink it as much these days.When I am at work I will sometimes have a Chocomilk option which is 67 on the drinks machine and that goes down well and I have had a proper Cup of Coffee from the drinks trolley that comes round.
You cannot beat a Cup a Soup also and Batchelors I think make the best one and they have quite a range of flavors but I would say Cream Of Vegetable is my absolute favorite.There do seem to
be a lot of different Cappuchinos you can get made up in a Coffee Shop like Starbucks and even though sometimes can be costly once now and then is fine.
I do definitely like a Hot Drink and sometimes just more of a change than always having a Cold Drink and I would say that sometimes a Hot Drink is better than a Cold Drink when it is warm but I still believe the best time for a Hot Drink is when it is freezing cold outside and you are inside and all warm with extra layers of clothing watching your favorite movie mine would be Sci-Fi or Horror and drinking a Hot Chocolate or even Cocoa its a
choice that can easily be made.
It is also nice if you have a Cup of Coffee or Tea after a hard day at work but it is even better if someone kind offers to make one for you with some biscuits possibly Rich Tea or Digestives either are fine for dunking.
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