It's been a rough week at work, and the weather has been cold and clammy. We put our fleece sheets back on the bed and turned on the heat. I wore tights in April. A situation like this requires a nice warm comforting mug of hot chocolate in my freckle teacups and saucers. I use a variation of the Joy of Cooking recipe for Italian Hot Chocolate as it is the closest flavour I can find that resembles the hot chocolate I drank for breakfast at the Gran Orly Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Made with whole milk and local cocoa, it was rich and creamy and had its own unique taste.
1/2 C cocoa
1/3 C brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 C water
1 C milk
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1. Sift the cocoa, brown sugar and cornstarch together in a saucepan.
2. Gradually add the water, mixing it into a smooth paste.
3. Add the milk and stir.
4. Stir over medium-low heat until it coats the side of a spoon.
5. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and nutmeg. If decadence is an option, serve with cream.