Simple Chocolate Milkshake Recipe


This is all at once simple, quick and delicious. Perfect to whip up on a lazy Sunday morning.

Ingredients

475ml milk
30g brown sugar
2 tbsp best quality cocoa powder
1 tsp malt syrup (optional)

Makes 2 large glasses.

Method

Whizz all ingredients with a hand blender.

Part of the beauty of this recipe is that it’s so easy to adapt to your taste. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like, replace some of the sugar for homemade cardamom syrup, add a scoop of peanut butter ice cream, use whatever kind of milk you like (dairy, coconut, almond, soya)… and it only takes a couple of minutes.

Yum yum.

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Hot chocolate

Such cold, wet, miserable weather on a June summer’s day calls for warm, comforting hot chocolate.

The best thing about this recipe, and making it yourself, is that you can easily adapt it to suit your own tastes. I made mine with spices that you might find in a masala chai to make a masala hot chocolate, but you could leave these out, or just use cinnamon for example.

I also used a chocolate with 50% cocoa solids for a rich but milky taste – however, you can use any kind of chocolate you like, as long as it’s good quality.

And finally, I used semi-skimmed milk, but you could use soya milk, almond milk or even water for a vegan option. Sometimes I like to use mint tea in place of the milk for a lighter, minty hot chocolate. You can get really creative here!

2 cups (550ml) milk or other liquid
100g chocolate, chopped finely
½ cinnamon stick (optional)
6 cardamom pods, cracked (optional)
1 clove (optional)
¼ tsp fennel seeds (optional)
¼ tsp ground ginger (optional)

Heat the milk over a low heat (with all the spices, if using) until almost boiling. Let infuse for at least 10 minutes if using spices. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bain marie. Pour over a third of the spiced milk through a sieve onto the chocolate. Whisk briskly from the centre out to emulsify the chocolate with the milk until smooth, then pour the rest of the milk in and whisk well to combine. Pour into pretty glasses and dream of sunnier days.

Serves 2.

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Chocolate mint tea

I picked up this treasure on a trip to the Netherlands over the weekend to celebrate Koninginnedag, (Queen’s Day) with our Dutch friends. What a fantastic national holiday! Can’t really imagine something similar happening in the UK for our Lizzie…

On the much-anticipated trip to the supermarket to pick up goodies to bring home, we headed straight for the tea aisle. I love the variety of herbal teas and infusions in Holland. This one immediately caught my eye: Chocolate and mint. Confusingly, most of the box is in English, but the ingredients list isn’t. My very limited translation skills tell me that the ingredients are tea, green rooibos, peppermint, flavourings, liquorice, pieces of cacao bean (guessing this means cocoa nibs).

My companions are somewhat sceptical when I drop the box in the trolley. However, I really like it. It gives an intoxicating chocolatey aroma. The earthiness of the tea matches well with the earthiness of the cocoa nibs, and a subtle sweetness is provided by the liquorice. The mint adds a freshness that lightens the drink. It’s really refreshing actually. I might have to ask my lovely friends to send some more…

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