My ultimate hot chocolate fix

This Aztec-inspired hot chocolate is a serious fix whether you are having a girl/woman moment (there are many, can’t describe, they just happen), or stressed, or low in magnesium….There are many reasons, one of them could be that you are  just a chocolate-lover. That’s enough as valid point. 
I have no idea if its power works on men! Let me know if you have some insider information on the matter.
The pinch of cayenne gives it a subtile kick, hardly noticeable. Only people with a “smart” palate will notice its existence. 
I’ve been doing it for year and this recipe never failed me! I have adopted it from a Food Network show of Jacques Torres, a.k.a Mr chocolate. I hope you adopt it too.
Ingredients
For 2 persons
Prep: 5 min – Cooking: 4 min
  • 2 cups low fat milk (depending how runny you like it)
  • About 1 tsp of stevia or your choice of sweetener
  • 1 good pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 good pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 70 g of good dark chocolate (70%, I like lindt) at room temperature
  • Some almond flakes for me (totally optional)
Preparation
In a small saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cinnamon and red pepper.
Heat to a boiling point over medium heat.
Remove from heat. Add the broken chocolate and whisk fast. Use a wire whisker or equivalent and whisk until frothy.
Serve in warm cups. Enjoy it hot. Topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, roasted almond flakes like I did, or just as is.
Some add cocoa powder in the process, some add coffee, some add vanilla beans. I have even added bruised mint leaves once (to discard after use), a hint of orange zest. This is up to you and to your mood. Just have a good cup and feel the magic, especially in cold days! 
By the way, did you know that it’s cold here in Qatar? We are using the heater at night. Desert nights are usually cold during this time of the year. Well, I like it! I get to drink hot chocolate.
If you are wondering why am I serving it in a Kit-Kat mug, I just thought it’s time to use it, not that it’s cute or anything, but somehow it’s thematically correct, got it last Easter with a chocolate egg made by them..

Author: Nada

Nada Kiffa is an Expert in Moroccan cooking and her recipes are coming from a lineage of Moroccan home and professional cooks. Cooking classes and posted articles are inspired by her family life in Morocco and elsewhere. You will learn what makes a dish Moroccan before learning how to execute it. You will also learn how to work around recipes and cut corners without missing on the flavour.

4 thoughts

  1. I can get the chili version, but I never thought to use it in this!!! althought sometimes I use the minty version.That said, Lindt with chili is very spicy in case you haven't tried it yet! So there is no option to reduce the heat unless you melt it another plain chocolate.

  2. Can you buy Lindt with chilli where you are? They've done some other variations on the \”plain\” chocolate – chocolate with sea salt, chocolate with chlli etc… I wonder how that would work? Never tried chocolate with chilli I must admit… I'm a bit scared 😀

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