There’s been a bit of a cold snap here recently – which has made for beautiful views of early morning rays of sun on frozen white branches on my commute to work. However, it has also made for very chilly toes and fingers, especially after the realisation that my winter wear won’t hold together a moment longer but I’m reluctant to purchase more boots and snugly jackets when I (foolishly) believe that spring isn’t too far away.
However, I have the perfect warm up (and pick me up) for frozen February days when we all just want winter to be over. The white hot chocolate. For the sake of you, my dear readers, I have been testing this out on the coldest of days after long walks, just to check that it will warm all the way down to your little toes. And after rigorous research, I can say that it does. (It’s a tough life being a food blogger!)
The recipe calls for a pinch of instant coffee powder, which I was sceptical about at first, but it really does add a depth of flavour and ensures that the white chocolate isn’t overpoweringly sweet. However, if you remain unconvinced, I’d say just reduce the white chocolate by a tiny amount instead. Another great alternative is the peppermint white hot chocolate, which you can make by replacing the vanilla essence with peppermint essence, and adding crushed peppermint sweets to the top. They are so delicious that I may even have started to hope that winter will drag on a little longer, you know, just for the excuse to make more! Recipe after the jump.
White Hot Chocolate Recipe
Recipe from Joy of Baking.
90g white chocolate, chopped
teaspoon instant coffee powder
teaspoon vanilla essence
1) Heat the milk in a pan over a low heat until hot.
2) Place the white chocolate, coffee powder and vanilla essence into a blender.
3) When the milk is hot, pour into the blender and blend until smooth and all the chocolate has melted.
4) Serve with a scoop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon or cocoa powder.