Wednesday, 3 April 2013

GINGER & CHILLI SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE

Remember that scene from the movie Chocolat ? The one where Juliette Binoche melts the old lady's stone-cold heart with some spicy hot chocolate? No? Then take a couple of seconds to YouTube 'chocolat movie clip taming the shrew'.

Now, I can't promise that my recipe will cure any stony hearts any time soon, but it sure tastes good. A bit like drinking chocolate silk, with a wickedly hot kick to keep things interesting. And before you wrinkle your nose at the idea of chocolate and chilli even appearing in the same sentence, I urge you to give it a try.

Ingredients
- 1 glass almond milk
- 2 tbsp organic 100% cocoa powder
- fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- Sugar to taste (optional)



Place the almond milk in a plastic container and grate the fresh ginger into it. Cover with the plastic lid and refrigerate for 30 min - 1 hr.

Heat the almond milk/ginger infusion in a small saucepan, bringing to a steady boil on medium heat or until the milk gets frothy around the edges.

Add 2 level tablespoons of cocoa powder, then add the nutmeg, cinnamon and chilli powder. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes to dissolve completely.

Serve hot, using a small tea strainer to separate the bits of grated ginger.

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