The Hot Chocolate tips you wish you’d known before now…
It’s time to wrap up and get cosy, and what better than with a steaming mug of creamy hot chocolate on a chilly winter’s eve.
However, if you’re looking for something a little more special than Cadbury’s instant, Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486, has shared his top tips with Seen in the City on how you can instantly upgrade your hot chocolate game this winter….
Ditch the kettle
Replacing boiling water with hot whole milk is a better alternative. A splash of single cream at the end can give it an even creamier and smoother finish.
Use good quality chocolate
Use grated real chocolate (I recommend 70% cocoa solids) instead of powder to give it a more intense flavour. You will need to add sugar to taste to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.
Don’t add it all at once
Mix the grated chocolate with a small amount of milk to create a paste. If you gradually add the rest of the milk to the paste while simultaneously stirring you will find the hot chocolate is a lot smoother.
Spice things up
When it comes to spices, a winter favourite is cinnamon. However you can always mix things up by adding cardamom and orange instead.
Add a Christmas tipple
The addition of spirits and liquors can turn it into an adult guilty pleasure. Baileys, Disaronno and Cointreau all work well in a hot chocolate.
Head to The Arch London and experience Gary Durrant’s culinary masterpieces for yourself here…
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com