Treat me: Spanish Hot Chocolate

Winter is coming, I can feel it in my bones. There’s only a month until the Shortest Day (after which winter really starts in this part of the world) and even though it’s been bright and sunny, there’s no mistaking that chill in the air.

That means porridge is back on the breakfast menu and so – occasionally – are delicate demi-tasses of my very own homemade Spanish hot chocolate. It’s thick, velvety and just the thing to cheer you up on a grey morning. Want some?

Spanish Hot Chocolate
Spanish hot chocolate is like nothing else on earth. It’s rich, thick and has a chocolate hit strong enough to sustain you until aperitivo hour. I’ve finally clocked how to make it at home – not quite as much fun as drinking it in Spain, but infinitely more achievable at the moment.
For best results, use the best cocoa powder and chocolate you can find. This makes enough for a good-sized jar – instructions follow on how to take it from powder to liquid heaven.

1 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup caster sugar – increase this to 1/2 a cup if you like things very sweet
6 Tbsp cornflour
200g dark chocolate, smashed into little bits

Put all ingredients into a food processor and whiz until it forms a fine powder. Alternatively, sift the cocoa, caster sugar and cornflour into a small bowl, then stir in the finely chopped chocolate. Transfer to a screwtop jar.

To make two small servings:  Mix 1/3 cup (6 Tbsp) of the chocolate mixture with 1/2 cup milk of your choice (not low fat milk, ok?) in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring all the time, until it thickens, then add 1 1/2 cups milk and stir frantically. Keep cooking over low heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture is thick and velvety. Divide between two cups. Follow with a brandy and a cigar, then go to work.

Have a great week, everyone x



  1. May 18, 2014 / 9:24 am

    Yummo Scrummo!!! I will definitely be making this! On those cold and wintry days when I want nothing to do apart from sit by the fire with a good book I will be drinking this!! It may even become a good birthday present too! Thanks for posting!

  2. May 18, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    yowzer.. a proper brew… maybe a dash of rum to help things along too!

    • May 25, 2014 / 4:02 am

      A dash of rum improves most things… actually, rum and milk is a tradition among old soldiers on ANZAC Day, so it would be unpatriotic not to add some!

  3. May 18, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Love homemade chocolate, it's so rich and delicious and far superior than the powdered stuff.

  4. May 18, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Haha, I'll give the cigar a miss but brandy & hot chocolate before work sounds like a perfect start. I'll be giving this recipe a go for sure

  5. May 19, 2014 / 9:27 am

    You're right, there's nothing quite like enjoying a good hot chocolate in Spain, especially with some churros for dunking, but this is up there and I can't wait to try it. Maybe a slug of grand marnier for me for a little chocolate-orange hit.

  6. May 19, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    I've been waiting for this recipe ever since I had a life changing hot chocolate at Radio Mexico in Melbourne. I'm thinking a shave of orange peel in the hot milk and a tiny spec of chilli and pepper…. mmmmm.

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