Next door is a lovely italian girl who has befriended me. We eat at least one meal a day together and usually with the other three italians in our building (pasta, pasta, pasta – that’s what we eat… not what the other three italians are called). Recently she made hot chocolate and it was so delicious, I thought I should share the recipe. There are a few great things about this recipe.
1. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s day or night
2. It tastes like you are eating warm chocolate pudding
3. It’s by a student, so it is cheap cheap
DELICIOUS (STUDENT) ITALIAN HOT CHOCOLATE:
Ingredients (per person):
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon flour
1 mug milk
1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
a pot large enough for however many cups of hot chocolate you are going to make
a stove top
a spoon (preferably wooden)
Mix together all the dry ingredients in the pot with a spoon until the powder is an even colour.
Add a third of the milk amount you have into the pot and mix it into the dry ingredients so that you have a chocolate paste. Don’t eat too much of that, you need it for the hot chocolate.
Put the stove plate on a medium to low heat and put the pot on top of it.
Add the next third(ish) of the milk and stir it in over the heat. Continue adding the rest of the milk, bit by bit. Keep stirring the hot chocolate mix until it is hot through. Try not to let it burn on the bottom of the pot.
The mixture will darken slightly and then it is ready. Pour it into individual cups. The hot chocolate will thicken a bit as it cools.
Serve with a teaspoon for the thick bits at the bottom (and some cream if you are feeling decadent and freezing cold in the sub-zero temperatures).