Here it is. September at last and already we can feel it getting colder. In response, the Halloween enthusiasts have already encouraged a premature wave of pumpkin-spiced everything – which I still haven’t tried. I’m just not a coffee drinker.
Summer is nice, but not all of us enjoy the heat. Autumn is perfect. Temperate, breezy and sometimes a little on the wet side, but generally the weather gives us every excuse to reach for the tea and biscuits. Which really begs the question, why are we waiting for excuses at all?
I know entering September doesn’t mean summer is necessarily over, but it’s the dawn of autumn for sure. So, now that the colder weather is on its way, we can start concentrating on the truly warming drinks. Last week’s “tea” is a great drink to try in cold weather, especially if you’ve had a rough day and you need to warm up and cosy down.
As things got a bit chillier here in London, the warmer, creamier drinks seemed like a good theme to focus on for a few weeks. So, I’ve got an absolute classic for you this week:
Hot chocolate is one of our favourite drinks and I don’t know about you, but usually I make it out of chocolate powder and milk – if the instructions tell you to add water, you put that rubbish right back on the shelf! But as I’ve discovered in the last few years, the best hot chocolate doesn’t come out of a plastic pot.
What’s the best recipe?
If you’ve ever visited eastern Europe, you’ll know that they do amazing hot chocolate. Me and my husband discovered it in Ljubljana, Slovenia last year and it was so delicious that we had to learn how to make it. It’s fatty and full of sugar, but it’s the ultimate treat.
Here’s how we make it, and I warn you now it’s terrible for your health, but amazing if you can handle it. So here’s what you’ll need.
- A chocolate bar of your choice.
- Full fat milk.
- Whipped cream.
- Marshmallows if desired.
- Chocolate sprinkles if desired.
The steps are pretty simple and honestly, it’s entirely up to you how you want this hot chocolate. Some like it thick, some like it runny and some like it loaded with marshmallow goodness. So make it how you like it, but here are the basic steps:
- Melt the chocolate in a pyrex bowl floating in hot water in a saucepan.
- Add full fat milk bit by bit until it’s the perfect consistency for you.
- Pour into a cup, load up with cream, marshmallows and/or sprinkles as you like.
Yup, it’s basically a cup of melted chocolate, and it’s amazing. It’s all I can do not to have this drink every darn day.
What books are best with this “tea”?
Honestly, this one is best to compensate for the heartbreak we suffer as a result of reading. An unexpected death, a character making a stupid decision or maybe our book boyfriends getting married. This hot chocolate will make it better.
Next week I’m going to get back to more traditional, actual teas but teas that will be more autumn-y and allegedly useful in helping with illnesses when the cold weather finally hits.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer, it’s not over yet!
Thanks for reading! Want to check out all my other recommended teas? They’re right here!