Classic Hot Chocolate
This is a dark, rich and classic hot cocoa that’s perfect for any snowy afternoon. Nondairy milk can be substituted for whole milk here, though you might have to reduce the sugar, since some brands are sweetened. Also bear in mind that the higher the cocoa percentage of the chocolate you use, the less sweet the drink will be. Add the sugar gradually, tasting as you go: Hot cocoa sweetness is a very personal thing.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ¼cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
- 3cups whole milk
- 4 ½ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate or 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Tiny pinch of fine sea salt
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped cream or marshmallows, for serving
Step 1Fill a small pot with 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil. Whisk in cocoa; it may clump, which is O.K.
Step 2Reduce heat to medium and whisk in milk, whisking around the sides of the pan to help dissolve all the cocoa.
Step 3When milk simmers, whisk in the chocolate, 1 tablespoon sugar and a tiny pinch of salt, and reduce heat to low. Whisk until chocolate is melted and very smooth. Taste and add more sugar if you like. Turn off heat and whisk in vanilla.
Step 4Serve topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.