Since autumn is upon us and the days are getting colder, I thought it fitting to introduce our Friday Feast-column with a classic warm beverage: hot chocolate.
Picture this: The autumn winds are blowing a storm outside and it is raining in every direction. You’ve just come home from a long day of work or school. The bus was not on time, you did not get a seat, you are cold and wet and grumpy. What is the one thing that can brighten this dark evening? You guessed it! A nice, big mug of hot chocolate. There is nothing more satisfying, I tell you!
So here are three different ways of making that perfect cup of hot chocolate (warning: there will be no precise measurements):
The Easy Way Out:
- Measure up desired amount of milk.
- Warm it; be careful so that it doesn’t boil over.
- Put a couple of pieces of chocolate in the bottom of a mug and pour the milk over, then give it a good squeeze of chocolate sauce.
- Stir and drink.
The Classic Norwegian:
- Take a couple of spoonfuls of cocoa powder and a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and a splash of milk and warm it while stirring.
- Add some more milk and bring it to a boil.
- Taste and see if it needs more cocoa or sugar, if so: add and stir.
- Add the rest of the desired amount of milk and warm it.
- Drink and enjoy.
- Melt chocolate by putting it in a bowl placed over a bowl of boiling water. It is preferable to use dark chocolate.
- Warm milk and then add it to the melted chocolate (remember: the more chocolate the better). Stir.
- Add a touch of piri piri- or chili powder for that extra punch.
- Stir and enjoy.
It is, of course, important to remember the proper topping. My suggestions are: whipped cream, marshmallow, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or, let’s face it, more chocolate!