Hot Chocolate with winter spices

IMG_3852I am not going to talk about how the year went. I am thinking. about what we learnt and what to plan for in the new year.

Appreciating simple things, staying together as a family, lot of patience, taking up a hobby ( preferably outdoors ) is what I have come to love more this year. Who knows I might even take ski lessons! I will keep you posted.

In the mean time thank you so so much for sticking around, wish you have a wonderful new year.

IMG_3830Recipe; Serves 2.

Whole milk                                                     Half litre

Cocoa powder                                               11/2 tbsp

Brown sugar                                                  2 Tbsp

Salt                                                              a pinch

Ginger powder                                              1/2 tsp

Nutmeg powder                                            1/4 tsp

Cinnamon sticks                                            2

Dark chocolate (70%) chopped                     1/3 cup

Parle G biscuits ( or Graham cracker )           4

Whipped cream                                          to garnish

Chocolate chips                                         1 Tbsp

Method,

Take the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, run it in the microwave for 30 seconds, check to see if melted, if not try another 30 seconds. Set aside.

Take 4 Parle G biscuit in a ziplock bag, use a rolling pin to make a coarse powder. Collect it in a wide mouthed bowl.

Take the milk in a saucepan on high heat, add the cocoa powder, cinnamon sticks, sugar and salt. Let it come to a boil. Keep whisking so that it becomes silky smooth. Crank the heat down to low medium, add the ginger powder, nutmeg powder and the chopped dark chocolate. Put the gas off. The heat will melt the chocolate. Discard the cinnamon sticks.

Take a mug, invert it on a bowl with water, such that only 1 cm of the rim dips in it. Now dip the inverted mug in the Parle G biscuit crumbs, such that you have a nice coating around the rim.

Pour the hot chocolate, tweak it to your taste. Add some whipped cream, garnish with the melted chocolate and the cacao nibs coated with chocolate.

Decorate with candy cane, gingerbread cookies  and enjoy!!

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