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La Bomba! Rum-Laced Decadent Hot Chocolate

This fabulously decadent hot chocolate with its naughty little rum kick is ideal on a miserable grey day when you’re looking for something cheery and warm or alternatively, it would perfectly suit a Swiss chalet, roaring fire and snow-covered mountains. Even though it was only the first option available to me today, it did brighten a rather dull, grey afternoon: hot, smooth and velvety chocolate topped with indulgent rum-flavoured cream and then that cheeky little shot at the end! For grown ups only!

Serves 2

What you need…

100g plain chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon icing sugar

500ml milk

200ml double cream

2 tablespoons rum, plus 2 shots to serve

What to do…

Chuck the chocolate, icing sugar and milk into a saucepan over a moderate heat. Melt the chocolate, whisking all the time and then warm the hot chocolate to piping hot.

In a bowl, pour in the cream with the 2 tablespoons rum and, using an electric hand held whisk, whip up the cream into stiff peaks (snow-like ones!) If you want to you can now put the cream into a piping bag but it’s not really necessary.

Pour the hot chocolate into 2 mugs or heatproof glasses and either pipe on a huge swirl of the rum-cream on the top or simply dollop it on. Leave a weeny space at the top – when your settled and ready to indulge, tip a shot of rum into each mug or glass, sit back and sip gently. The greyness of the day will be eased away, I promise! La Bomba! Rum-laced, decadent hot chocolate: lovely, velvety and comforting!

Inspired by…

The Lady

How easy…

Very. It’s more the mood that you’re in that’s important!

 

 

Epic Hot Chocolate

I saw Jamie do this on television and was truly inspired – it tastes absolutely incredible – like the hot chocolate you hear about in the very best fairy tales! The recipe is for a large jar of the mix – I have no idea how many glorious mugs it will make, but it’s so easy to make, you can simply and quickly top it up if it’s running low, something that I think may happen quite regularly!

What you need for the mix…

1 x preserving/Kilner clip top glass jar

2 tablespoons Horlicks

2 tablespoons cornflour

3 tablespoons icing sugar

4 tablespoons quality cocoa

100g 70% dark chocolate, finely grated

1 pinch cinnamon

for two mugs…

1 pint milk or Oatly if you’re keeping your dairy intake low

What to do…

Pour milk into a large saucepan and bring almost to the boil on a medium heat.

Meanwhile, take a large jar and chuck in all the chocolate mix ingredients, clip on the lid and give the mix a really good shake – that’s it job done! For two gloriously, silky rich mugs of hot chocolate, tip 4 heaped tablespoons of the mix into the hot milk and use a balloon whisk and incorporate all the ingredients. Bring your epic hot chocolate gently to the boil and let it bubble for a couple of minutes, whisking all the time – it will get naughtily gloopy in a really, really good way.

Pour into two mugs, sit back with your feet up and enjoy – a few cookies on the side wouldn’t go amiss (these ones are Cranberry and White Chocolate – will post recipe in a couple of days).

Alternative serving suggestions…

This hot chocolate is excellent for the purpose of dunking cookies!

It is VERY rich, silky and thick so another lovely option is to serve your epic hot chocolate in little espresso cups

Inspired by…

Jamie Oliver

How Easy…

Insanely