It is the time of year for Hot Chocolate. I love having a hot mug in the evening as I have some "me" time. Usually, I just buy packets of Hot Chocolate mix, but today I made some from a recipe I found in Cook's Illustrated magazine.
This recipe is super simple and takes very little time to make. I was wondering to myself why I didn't make my own mix before. All of the ingredients - sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, nonfat dry milk, cornstarch, vanilla extract and salt are pulsed together in a food process. Your mix is ready. All you have to do is heat some milk, add 1/4 cup of the mix to the milk, whisk and pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve. A rich chocolate taste with a smooth velvety texture that makes you feel good.
You can serve by itself, topped with a marshmallow or whipped cream.
A perfect drink for chilly nights. This mix would also make a perfect gits for the holidays.
Hot Chocolate Mix
From Cook's Illustrated Magazine
|A Cup of Goodness|
1 cup sugar
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Process all ingredients in food processor until ground to powder, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer to airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 months.
To Make Mug of Hot Chocolate: Heat 1 cup of whole, 2 percent low-fat, or 1 percent low-fat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and serve.
Makes 1 serving
Recipe makes twelve-1-cup servings